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Texas: Amendment To Protect Doctors Right To Recommend Medical Marijuana Pending

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed the Compassionate Use Program, allowing those with intractable epilepsy to access medical cannabis to treat their seizures.  Because of cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug under Federal law, it cannot be “prescribed.” It can, however, be recommended and patients can be formally certified by doctors through the state … Continue reading »

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Texas: Amendment To Protect Doctors Right To Recommend Medical Marijuana Pending

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed the Compassionate Use Program, allowing those with intractable epilepsy to access medical cannabis to treat their seizures.  Because of cannabis’ status as a Schedule I drug under Federal law, it cannot be “prescribed.” It can, however, be recommended and patients can be formally certified by doctors through the state … Continue reading »

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Texas: Request To Establish An Interim Committee To Study The Feasibility Of Medical Cannabis

House Concurrent Resolution (HRC) 149 – Legislation proposed by Texas House Representative Eddie Lucio, III requests that the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives create a joint interim committee to study the feasibility of medical cannabis in Texas. While an HRC is not required to hold an interim committee study, passing … Continue reading »

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Texas: Request To Establish A Committee To Study The Feasibility Of Medical Cannabis

HCR 149, legislation has been proposed in the form of a Concurrent Resolution in the Texas House, would request the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to create a joint interim committee to study the feasibility of medical cannabis in Texas. Thirty states and the District of Columbia have enacted statewide … Continue reading »

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Historic: Decriminalization is Scheduled to Be Heard on the Texas House Floor

On May 11, new ground will be broken in Texas politics and the marijuana movement. HB 81, to decriminalize marijuana from jail time to a simple ticket, will be heard by the full Texas House. This is unprecedented as sensible sentencing reform has not been debated from the house floor since 1973, , when Texas changed their laws to … Continue reading »

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Texas: Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced

Update: HB 2107 had a hearing on May 2 and after powerful targeted testimony, the number of cosponsors for the bill jumped from 5 to 75! Update: A bipartisan House version of SB269 to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Texas has just been introduced by Representative Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, titled HB 2107, … Continue reading »

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Impactful and Heartfelt Hearing Creates Historic Support for Texas Medical Cannabis Bill

By Jax Finkel Executive Director, Texas NORML Late in the evening on Tuesday, May 2nd, the House Public Health Committee held a hearing for HB 2107 which would make the Compassionate Use Program more inclusive for patients with debilitating medical conditions. Many patients stayed late into the evening to provide powerful and emotional testimony. After … Continue reading »

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Texas: Legislature to Grapple with Affirmative Defense Bill

HB 2200, will provide an affirmative defense regarding medical cannabis that would protect patients, caregivers, and doctors. Affirmative defense establishes a basic set of facts surrounding marijuana possession cases. If someone with a qualifying medical condition is caught possessing marijuana, an affirmative defense for the individual would likely result in a more lenient punishment. This … Continue reading »

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Texas: HB 81 advances with a committee vote of 4-2!

By Jax Finkel Texas NORML Executive Director Great news! Chairman Joe Moody’s House Bill 81, which would replace criminal penalties for marijuana possession with a simple ticket, has passed out of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee with a bipartisan vote of 4-2, with one member absent. Now, the bill is headed to the Calendars Committee — the … Continue reading »

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Texas: Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Introduced

State Senator Jose Menendez has filed Senate Bill 269 to protect qualified patients who consume cannabis and to provide for the state-licensed production and distribution of the plant. SB 269 authorizes the possession, production, and distribution of medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products to qualified patients. Patients would receive cannabis through a network of private dispensaries … Continue reading »

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