House Bill 1535 Expands Access to Medical Marijuana and Increases THC Limits
The Texas House of Representatives Public Health Committee has approved a bill that expands access to medical marijuana for patients with additional conditions, and it also increases the THC limit on cannabis products from 0.5% to 5%
This is excellent news for residents of Texas, as they watch other states all over the US legalize medical marijuana and even adult-use marijuana at a rapid pace. It will be easier to qualify for medical marijuana in Texas as a result of HB 1535, and patients will have more options for relief as well.
Marijuana legalization has been sweeping through the US, and every state bordering Texas—as well as Mexico—has created some form of a robust program. New Mexico decriminalized marijuana possession for adults 21 and over as of April, 2021, and medical marijuana dispensaries in Arkansas and Oklahoma are quite busy with residents’ relaxed access requirements.
Even though access to medical marijuana is still a distance away, it is now on the horizon, giving hope to veterans, cancer patients, and people diagnosed with a number of other conditions.
According to the bill, conditions that have been added include:
Other seizure disorders
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Incurable neurodegenerative diseases
A condition that causes acute or chronic pain, for which a physician would otherwise prescribe an opioid
Post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans only
Debilitating medical conditions designated by the Department of State Health Services
Any medical condition that is approved for a research program under provisions of the current bill
Any other condition designated by the Department of State Health Services deemed to benefit from therapeutic cannabis in the future
HB 1535 also calls for institutional review boards to be established in order to consider and approve research programs studying the use of cannabis to treat additional conditions in Texas.
This bill is scheduled to take effect on September 1, 2021. If you want to be ready to take advantage of the new legislation from day one, reserve Texas a medical marijuana evaluation now! Once you complete your reservation form, you’ll get $25 off your evaluation when it’s time.
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