Texas: Austin City Council might allow first responders to use low-THC cannabis by prescription

Texas: Austin City Council might allow first responders to use low-THC cannabis by prescription
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Fox 7 report AUSTIN, Texas – There’s no question post-traumatic stress disorder is common among first responders. “We’ve got significant numbers of folks who are impacted by trauma that they see, on EMS, fire, police and other departments that want to have this as an option,” said Austin Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Escott. On Monday, Austin City Council’s Public Safety Committee took a closer look at allowing them to use low-THC cannabis by prescription, for PTSD and other conditions. The conversation was prompted by a change in Texas law back in September. HB 1535 allows certain doctors, who register with the state, to prescribe cannabis. The patient must meet certain qualifications, but the law allows pot to be used for conditions including cancer and PTSD. “It’s silent on whether a patient that’s using cannabis, low-THC cannabis, may or may not do in their work setting,” said Assistant City Manager Ray Arellano. So Arellano looked into what other cities are doing. Of the 20 cities surveyed, only Boston allows prescription marijuana for first responders. Nine cities do not allow it, and the remaining 10 did not respond. In Monday’s meeting in Austin, the idea did raise some questions. “I didn’t know if there was an increase in accidents, in on-the-job situations that were causing conflicts in states that have fully legalized marijuana,” said District 8 Council Member Paige Ellis. “The concern for us is more related to impairment,” said Escott. Read more. https://www.fox7austin.com/news/austin-city-council-takes-closer-look-at-allowing-first-responders-to-use-low-thc-cannabis-by-prescription

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