Texas lawmakers OK new conditions for medical cannabis use

Texas lawmakers passed a bill that would increase the number of qualifying patient conditions for medical marijuana, a development that likely could boost dispensary sales in the state’s limited MMJ program.

The Texas Senate passed HB 3703 on Wednesday after it previously advanced through the State House.

The measure now goes to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican.

Currently, Texas allows the sale of medical cannabis only to people with intractable epilepsy.

If signed into law by the governor, HB 3703 would add all forms of epilepsy, seizure disorders, autism, terminal cancer, Parkinson’s and other conditions, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The bill would retain a 0.5% cap on THC content.

The measure authorizes a more narrow expansion of the state’s medical cannabis program than HB 1365, which has passed the House but still is in the Senate with five days to go in the legislative session.

HB 1365 also would allow post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition as well as ailments that produce severe pain and nausea. The measure also would establish a new oversight board that could consider higher dosages for specific conditions.

10 comments on “Texas lawmakers OK new conditions for medical cannabis use
  1. Tammy Brazier on

    I suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, sever social anxiety,and insomnia/ sleep apnea.Would I qualify for medical marijuana use in Texas based on this new law?

    • Chelsea Irving on

      Do you have fibromyalgia? That’s what I have and i am wondering the same thing!! This is very exciting news

    • Debbi Letot on

      Does this include Peripheral Neuropathy ?? I’m in severe pain all the time. Gabapentin doesn’t work for me & I can’t afford Lyrica. My neurologist would offer it to me because the usual drugs for Neuropathy haven’t worked for me. I truly hope you didn’t leave Neuropathy patients out in the cold.

    • Scott on

      Not sure if you have walked in my shoes….15 spine and neck surgeries…stage 3 colon cancer…i understand the apprehension but smoking is only way i can sleep or take Another or More medication

    • J on

      Watch the movie on Netflix called “WEED THE PEOPLE”. Share the movie and trailers to people you know and social media. Then after you watch it, then decide your position on legalized medical marijuana.

      Please do as I did, who grew-up during the “just say no” campaign. I decided to watch several documentaries about medical marijuana and also reading studies. I did not know that marijuana was a common part of pharmacy medicine in America for a time, that it has been used as medicine for thousand years, the entire history of uses including fabric to paper, how it was farmed in America until Britain found Tobacco was a bigger profit cash crop. Tobacco and Alcohol are ranked top for most deadly and abused drugs, yet no limit for a person can buy it at any gas station store even though the dangers of DUI, organ damage, cancers, and intoxication.

      That the human brain has receptors specific for cannibas, how it treats pain and cancer.

  2. Jane Mostowitz President Houston CFIDS Association on

    I’m President of Houston CFIDS Association on Facebook. Most of us also have fibromyalgia. Both diseases are horrific. ME/CFS has been known by many names Yuppie flu, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, others, and now Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Recent research has proven our symptomology is worse then MS which is short for Multiple Sclerosis.

    For someone to say our governor should not sign this bill to expand the medical conditions must come from someone that’s never been chronically ill.

    I not only have ME/CFSfibromyalgia along with every back and neck issue known to man including having major surgery.

    This isn’t the 1960s. If you’re against medical marijuana get a grip. It’s not about getting high and smoking drugs. This is totally different pain reliever, seizure, depression, PTSD medicine Etc. People need to grow up and stop being judgemental on things that help.

    Eastern medicine has been around way longer than Western. They’ve used herbs, plants, and other organic items to heal people and cure disease. Westerners seem to think they’re the only ones that are scientific. Enough is enough.

    I hope my my medical conditions qualify me to use medical marijuana because I need it as do millions of Americans


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