Texas state lawmakers introduced a bill Friday that would allow certain patients access to medical marijuana.
AUSTIN, TX (Local Big 2 News) – Texas state lawmakers introduced legislation Friday that would allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.The bill, introduced by Democratic Reps. Marisa Márquez and Mary González in the House, and a companion bill that will be introduced later today by Sen. José Menéndez in the Senate, would create a program through which individuals with qualifying medical conditions would receive licenses allowing them to possess certain amounts of medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.It would also direct the Department of State Health Services to establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries.Rep. Marquez said that the law does not currently reflect the legitimate medical uses of marijuana and denies access to patients who need it, including veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, citizens suffering with cancer, and those with severe ailments from aging.The bills differ from previously introduced legislation, which would allow access to CBD oils but with little or no THC.However, many patients have found that THC and other components of whole marijuana are needed in addition to CBD in order to effectively treat their conditions.Some patients have relocated to states with more comprehensive medical marijuana laws so that they can access whole marijuana and oils that include a more balanced ratio of CBD and THC.“Since starting treatment with full spectrum cannabis oils [which include CBD and THC], our daughter has not had a single seizure or spasm,” said Dean Bortell, whose family relocated to Colorado so that his nine-year-old daughter with epilepsy would have access to medical marijuana. “With prescription drugs, we never had a symptom-free stretch spanning more than two days. With cannabis oils, we’ve set a record of 11 days with no end in sight. The most important thing we have learned since arriving in Colorado and starting treatment is how vital it is to have access to the whole cannabis plant. Dosing decisions should be left to doctors and families, not lawmakers.”According to a University of Texas/ Texas Tribune poll released last year, three out of four Texans (77%) think seriously ill people should have the right …Read More