Despite being one of the most staunch anti-cannabis States of America, Texas made a significant step this week by legalizing cannabis oil for epilepsy patients.
Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill on the 1st June, bringing Texas, for the first time, in line with many other states, who permit varying amounts of cannabis use.
While the bill may be a momentous moment for a state like Texas, which has extremely strict drug laws, there are still significant restrictions that many deem unacceptable. Only very small amounts of cannabis extracts may be used as treatment and the patients epilepsy must be deemed “severe” by a medical professional before the marijuana is prescribed.
Despite concerns as to the restrictions of the bill, Heather Fazio, Texas political director for Marijuana Policy Project, still believes that it is an historic moment for the state;
While this program leaves most patients behind and we’re concerned about its functionality, today is one for the history books. The Texas Legislature is sending a resounding message: Marijuana is medicine. We commend our Texas lawmakers and look forward to continuing this conversation when the 85th Legislature convenes in 2017.