TX: House gives preliminary approval to narrowly-focused medical marijuana bill

Conroe Police Department Public Information Officer Dorcy Riddle stands amongst 10 to 20,000 marijuana plants waiting to be cut down by authorities Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Conroe, Texas. (AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty)

AUSTIN–The House preliminarily approved a narrowly-focused medicinal marijuana bill Monday that would allow patients with one type of epilepsy to use low-THC cannabis to treat their symptoms.

Under the bill, physicians could prescribe orally-administered cannabis that is low in THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, for patients with intractable epilepsy who haven’t found success with other drugs. The House approved the measure 96-34.

The bills author, Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, said low-THC cannabis, which would likely take the form of an oil, would have no street value and couldn’t “get you high.”

Some Republicans expressed concern that the bill would open the door for broader marijuana legalization efforts in Texas. Rep. Mark Keogh, R-The...

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