Four proposed bills in Texas are looking to expand on the legislation of medicinal marijuana in the state of Texas.
Currently Texas only has the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which it legalized in 2015, allowing the sale of a specific kind of low-THC cannabis oil for epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.
As part of the act, prospective patients have to live in Texas and visit one of 17 state-approved doctors and get approved by a second doctor.
Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, and Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, have proposed House Bill 209/Senate Bill 90, which would create a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Texas. They would allow Texans with certain debilitating medical conditions to grow their own marijuana plants for personal use and would also create a licensing process for dispensaries and testing facilities.
Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, has filed House Bill 122, which would also legalize medical marijuana.
Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, has proposed House Bill 551 which would allow Texans who can currently use low-THC medical cannabis under the state’s Compassionate Use Act to possess marijuana concentrate.