Despite unprecedented momentum, Texas rejects marijuana legislative reform

Marijuana reform advocates say there was unprecedented support for their efforts in this year’s legislative session, but the majority of Texas lawmakers still weren’t ready to change state law.

This legislative session, bills addressing medical cannabis and decriminalization once again died at the state Capitol despite having bipartisan support.

House Bill 2107, authored by state Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, would have given safe access to medical cannabis by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions listed in the bill. Licensed physicians registered with the Department of Public Safety would have been able to recommend — not prescribe — marijuana to these seriously ill patients. Although it earned 77 bipartisan co-authors after its committee hearing, the bill never made it to the House floor for a vote.

“We are going to see a lot more families leave the state of Texas over the next 18 months with children who have...

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