Texas House Passes Bill to Expand Access to Medical Marijuana
The Texas House advanced a bill on Monday that would expand the list of debilitating conditions that allow Texans to legally use medical cannabis.
House Bill 1365 would add Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and other illnesses to the existing state program that currently applies only to people with intractable epilepsy who meet certain requirements.
The bill would also increase the number of dispensaries the Texas Department of Public Safety can authorize to begin growing and distributing the product from three to 12 dispensaries. The bill would also authorize the implementation of cannabis testing facilities to analyze content, safety and potency.
The legislation still faces major hurdles in the conservative Texas Senate before it can become law.