Texas lawmakers are collaborating in an attempt to legalize medical marijuana in 2015. A law has been proposed, which is will try to legalize the distribution and cultivation of marijuana for medical use. The medical marijuana will be used to treat conditions ranging from cancer to PTSD and much more.
House Bill 3785 would establish a medical marijuana program in the state, and would also allow patients who qualify for the substance to have a recommendation from their doctor. If the bill passes, then the Department of State Health would oversee all aspects of the program, from the very first stages of cultivation to the last dispensary sales.
The current law doesn’t allow medical marijuana for veterans who have PTSD or those who have cancer, and many of whom don’t respond to other forms of medicine or physical therapy. Many people are looking into passing a measure that provides some access to CDB, a non-psychoactive compound of cannabis that doesn’t give any intoxicating effects.
In a recent survey conducted by The University of Texas, over 80% of Texans supported the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
Governor Greg Abbott does not agree. He said that decriminalization of marijuana isn’t going to happen any time in the near future, and that he wants to keep pushing the state away from any activity that is remotely connected to drug use. Advocates are still pushing the bill to go through; however it is unclear as to what the result will be.