More Texans may soon be able to use medical cannabis — CBD oil — legally


A plan to let more Texans use medical cannabis in the form of CBD oil advanced in the Senate Wednesday, with less than a week left in the legislative session.

Fort Worth Republican state Rep. Stephanie Klick had proposed letting Texans with multiple sclerosisspasticity and any form of epilepsy use the oil, which comes from the hemp plant, which is related to the marijuana plant.

The Senate, under New Braunfels Republican Donna Campbell, took that plan and expanded it even more, adding seizure disorders, terminal cancer, autism and ALS as other conditions that should merit the use of the oil.

That still isn’t enough for some.

“We are grateful for Sen. Donna Campbell’s leadership and the expanded access this bill offers,” said Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. “But so many patients are still being left behind.”

The measure still needs final approval from the House before being sent to Gov. Greg Abbott for consideration.

State lawmakers have until May 27 to pass new laws. The governor has until June 16 to sign or veto measures or they automatically become law. [Read more at Fort Worth Star-Telegram]


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