Governor Greg Abbott has called state legislators back to Austin for a special legislative session. Lawmakers began filing legislation today, and one of them revives a medical marijuana bill from earlier this year. The special session will begin on Tuesday, July 18 to primarily address a list of 20 issues that TX Governor Abbott expects legislators to tackle over the 30 day session, “As Governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count.” While Medical marijuana in Texas did not make the primary list, it remains a hot topic and may be addressed.
Nevertheless, now called HB 85, the reintroduced bill for the Texas Marijuana Program is very close to its predecessor, HB 2107. Both bills were filed by Rep. Eddy Lucio III (D-Brownsville). Rep. Lucio III exclaimed, “As of today, I have filed house bill 85 ‘relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by patience with certain deliberating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and cannabis testing facilities.”
This would expand the medical program to include qualifying conditions past epilepsy, which was approved in 2015 however the program is still in the later planning phases 2 years later. Texans suffering from terminal cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism, or Parkinson’s disease would be able to obtain medical marijuana from the licensed dispensing organizations in Texas.
Representative Lucio, stated with sincerity, “I am hopeful that the leadership and the Governor genuinely considers the immediate need of medical cannabis for medical use. I will do my part and ask our Governor to add this item to the call this Special Session and I urge you and I encourage you to do the same.”
It is unlikely that all 20 issues laid out by the governor will be addressed, although due to the large outcry of the people and the support from the majority of the 150 legislators in the Texas House of Representatives, anything is possible.
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