Texas Bills To Expand Medical Marijuana Program And Require Psychedelics Study Head To Governor’s Desk

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In the final days of Texas’s legislative session, lawmakers sent bills to the governor’s desk that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program and require a study into the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics for military veterans. Meanwhile, legislation to reduce penalties for possessing cannabis concentrates and update the state’s hemp program that had been advancing failed to cross the finish line by key deadlines over the weekend. This rounds out an exceptionally busy legislative session for drug policy reform in the Lone Star State. While advocates are encouraged that lawmakers moved forward with the medical marijuana and psychedelics measures, they remain disappointed that they were unable to pass more expansive cannabis bills—including a decriminalization proposal that cleared the House but saw no action in the Senate. “This session has been an epic whirlwind with many adversities. While we have made some improvement to the laws this session, what we are most proud of is our team,” Jax Finkel, executive director of Texas NORML, told Marijuana Moment. “We were repeatedly told no, that our bills were dead or that they wouldn’t give us any more. Texas pushed back!” With respect to the victories, here’s what the bills that are now heading to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott (R) would accomplish: HB 1535: The measure would add cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that qualify patients for medical cannabis. As passed in the House, it would have also included chronic pain as a qualifying condition, but that was removed by the Senate, and it was not re-added in a conference committee. Also, the legislation doubled the THC cap for marijuana products, increasing it from 0.5 percent to one percent. Originally the House-approved version increased the limit to five percent, but that was watered down in the…

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