In March 2023, in Texas, representative Stephanie Klick presented before the Public Health Committee, a bill that allows doctors to recommend the use of medical cannabis to treat pathologies that lead the subject to suffer chronic pain. In addition, her bill proposes to increase the THC cap currently set under the state's medical cannabis law. This would replace the one percent THC cap for cannabis oil with a 10-milligram volumetric dose.
After going through the House Public Health Committee last month, the measure went before the Calendar Committee (the committee in charge of allocating appointments and times), and they scheduled it for debate and a vote on Tuesday, April 11. If enacted, the bill would take effect on September 1, 2023.
The enactment of this law would be a great advance in the world of cannabis, because it would not only recognize its potential to replace opioids, but it would also unlock cannabis decriminalization projects that were not approved at the time.
What is the support for this measure?
In order to get the measure passed, many pro-cannabis groups and influential figures in the state of Texas have been commenting on their stance in favor of advancing cannabis in the legislature. Some of them are:
NORML Group, are encouraging supporters to contact their representatives and encourage them to pass the reform.
The Texas Republican Party adopted a platform board endorsing decriminalization of cannabis possession
A poll released last month found that a majority of Texas voters say the state's marijuana laws should be "less stringent."
Texas lawmakers introduced three bills aimed at expanding research on the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics
Fortunately, many of the state's major cities have moved forward on this issue, including: Austin has already enacted decriminalization locally on the ballot, and voters approved reform in five other Texas cities last November. San Antonio will make a measure on its May ballot to decriminalize marijuana, prevent enforcement of abortion restriction laws and ban arrest warrants.
If you are interested in the medical cannabis industry in the state of Texas, this is your opportunity! The Regulatory Services Division (RSD) of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is accepting applications for dispensary licenses under the Compassionate Use Program until April 28.
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