Texas House approves bill to add new qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

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The Texas House moved a bill forward that would significantly expand the number of qualifying conditions that allow patients to use medical marijuana under the state’s limited MMJ program.

If it fully passes, the bill would likely result in improved sales for the state’s MMJ businesses.

Currently, only patients with intractable epilepsy can purchase medical cannabis in Texas, and the dosage is capped at 0.5% THC and 10% CBD.

Once the measure receives another round of approval by a majority of the House, it will be advanced to the Texas Senate for more debate, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • House Bill 1365 adds more than a dozen new “debilitating medical conditions,” including cancer, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others.
  • The legislation also includes medical conditions that produce severe pain or nausea, seizures, muscle spasms or other symptoms.
  • In addition to the new qualifying conditions, the bill would also set up a new MMJ oversight board to consider new formulations and dosages for specific conditions, possibly opening the door to some Texas patients having the ability to access higher THC limits without additional legislation.

To read more about House Bill 1365, click here.