Texas

Wed
19
Jun

Texas Governor signs another cannabis Bill

The pretty much non-existent medical cannabis program in Texas has had a boost after House Bill 3703 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott late last week.

House Bill 3703 relates to the prescription of low-THC cannabis by suitably qualified physicians to patients with certain medical conditions. The bill was well supported, attracting 79 sponsors.

Wed
12
Jun

Texas Governor signs Bill to allow farmers to legally grow hemp

Republican Governor Greg Abbot of Texas signed a bill on Monday that will allow farmers in the state to legally grow hemp. The measure, House Bill 1325 (HB1325), also removes hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances and legalizes cannabidiol, or CBD, and products made with the cannabinoid.

Tue
28
May

Legal hemp in Texas: Lone Star State poised to legalize industrial hemp

A bill passed by the Texas Legislature will usher in a new era of legal hemp in Texas. The same bill will also explicitly legalize the sale of CBD oil supplements by licensed vendors.

“It was voted out of the House and the Senate unanimously,” said Coleman Hemphill, president of the Texas Hemp Industries Association, a recently formed chapter of the national Hemp Industries Association nonprofit. Ministry of Hemp is also a member of the HIA.

Fri
24
May

Texas (yes, Texas!) will have a medical marijuana program — Sort of

In a stunning turn of events, the Texas Senate unanimously approved the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program to include more qualifying conditions and make the process easier for patients. The bill had previously passed in the House and now awaits final legislative approval before heading to Gov. Greg Abbot’s desk for his signature.

Thu
16
May

Texas may finally be serious about medical cannabis, but there’s a problem

To find the resistance, go to Texas.

Texas is a deep-red state floating in a sea of green. The Lone Star State is surrounded on all sides by jurisdictions — including another sovereign nation in Mexico as well as other U.S. states — with more relaxed and welcoming cannabis laws.

Wed
08
May

Texas lawmakers approve medical marijuana expansion bill

House Bill 1365 was passed by The Texas House of Representatives in a 121-23 vote. Sponsor of the bill, Democratic Rep. Eddie Lucio, told the other lawmakers in the House that he wants to help people in Texas who are suffering from all kinds of conditions.  

“Today, I don’t just stand here as a member of this body but as a voice for thousands of people in this state that are too sick to function or that in constant, debilitating pain,” said Lucio.  

The bill adds more than a dozen “debilitating medical conditions,” including cancer, HIV/AIDS, PTSD and Crohn’s disease to Texas' medical cannabis program. Conditions that cause pain, vomiting, seizures and other symptoms are also included in the bill.

Tue
07
May

Texas House passes bill to vastly expand access to medical cannabis

The Texas House on Monday advanced a bill that would expand the list of debilitating conditions that allow Texans to legally use medical cannabis.

House Bill 1365 would add Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, muscular dystrophy, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and a bevy of other illnesses to an existing state program that currently applies only to people with intractable epilepsy who meet certain requirements.

Wed
01
May

Lt. Governor of Texas declares marijuana decriminalization Bill “dead in the Senate”

On Monday, Texas House lawmakers accomplished an historic first for the state. They voted to approve a partial decriminalization bill that would have reduced penalties for the possession of small quantities of cannabis. But as soon as the House sent the measure to the Senate, Lt. Gov. of Texas and Senate President Dan Patrick declared the bill dead. Patrick’s comments came on the heels of a similar statement from Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chair John Whitmire, who told reporters there wasn’t “an appetite” for marijuana reform in the upper chamber. Advocates of the decriminalization measure had already compromised on the bill to get it through the House.

Tue
30
Apr

Texas House Passes Bill that reduces penalties for Texans caught with small amounts of marijuana

After a brief discussion, the Texas House gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would reduce the penalties for low-level possession of marijuana — a move lauded as a win by those eager for the state to take its first major step toward loosening its staunch marijuana laws.

But hopes of turning the bill into law remain slim. After the House grants final approval for the bill — usually just a formality — it will head to the Senate, where presiding officer Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has expressed opposition to the idea of loosening marijuana possession penalties.

Thu
25
Apr

Texas House approves Bill to legalize hemp farming

The Texas House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday to legalize hemp agriculture in the state. The measure, House Bill 1325 (HB1325), also removes hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances and legalizes cannabidiol, or CBD, and products made with the cannabinoid. The bill was passed without opposition via a voice vote and will have to be approved by the House in a second vote that is usually only a formality. The bill will then head to the Texas Senate for consideration.

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