A Texas lawmaker has introduced a bill that would expand the state’s current CBD program to include full-strength medical marijuana and additional qualifying conditions, which could create a massive new MMJ market.
The legislation, introduced by Sen. José Menéndez on Tuesday, is expected to face an uphill battle, according to the Austin American-Statesman. A similar bill died last year. The Republican Party controls both the legislature and the governorship.
“Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients,” Menéndez said in a news release. “This is legitimate medicine that can help a variety of sick people, from the grandmother suffering from cancer to the veteran coping with PTSD after returning home from war.”
His legislation would allow patients to access MMJ through a recommendation from their physician.
After the historic Nov. 8 election, when eight states passed some form of marijuana legislation, Texas politicians wasted little time jumping on the bandwagon, with lawmakers filing both medical and adult-use bills.