Texas GOP Marijuana Activists Push Governor To Support Further Reform During Special Session This Week

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Republican marijuana activists in Texas are calling on the governor to put further expansions to the state’s medical cannabis program on the agenda for a special legislative session he’s convened for this week. While Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed legislation last month to moderately expand the medical marijuana law by adding qualifying conditions and slightly increasing the THC limit for marijuana products, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) is hoping to see further action during the session that starts on Thursday. Specifically, they’re urging the governor to use his unilateral authority to place on the session agenda measures that would allow regulators to add even more qualifying conditions for patients, such as chronic pain, and to further adjust the THC limit. “During the 87th Legislative Session, the legislature passed HB 1535, which allows for all forms of cancer and patients with PTSD to now qualify for the program, increases the THC cap from 0.5 percent to 1 percent, and facilitates research programs,” RAMP said. “While these are important changes, critical aspects of the bill were removed in the Senate.” The group is circulating a petition—supported by Texas NORML and Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy—to build pressure on the governor to call for the cannabis reforms. So far, it has more than 4,000 signatures, out of its goal of 6,400. “As the Governor of Texas, only you decide what can be on the agenda for a special session,” it says. “Please add medical cannabis to the agenda and help save lives in Texas.” As it stands, Abbott has said the session will focus on election restrictions that Republicans failed to enact earlier this year. Lawmakers also still need to finalize the state budget after the governor vetoed the version that passed in the regular session. Meanwhile, a newly established progressive group in…

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