Will Texas Be The Next Medical Marijuana State?

Medical cannabis could be coming to the Lone Star State in 2017.

On Tuesday, State Sen. José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) pre-filed a bill to make Texas the 29th state in the U.S. with a comprehensive medical marijuana law.

“Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients,” Menéndez said, surrounded by medical cannabis supporters at a press conference to announce the legislation. “This is legitimate medicine that can help a of variety people, from the grandmother suffering from cancer to the veteran coping with PTSD after returning home from war.”

“28 states have recognized the medical benefit of cannabis, including conservative states like AR, AK, MT, & ND” #Menendez4TX #txlege #SD269 pic.twitter.com/CU9iHkornY

Menéndez’s bill, SB 269, would allow people with cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain and other conditions to get doctors’ recommendations to legally use and cultivate cannabis.

Texas already has a law allowing people with intractable epilepsy to use low-THC cannabidiol oil.

Earlier this year, the state Republican Party inserted plank in its platform calling for that existing law, which Menéndez co-authored, to be expanded along the lines of what his new bill would to.

“We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients,” the platform reads, making it clear that the state GOP wants doctors to be able to recommend marijuana for whatever conditions they find appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

But Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, says he’s opposed to further marijuana reforms, despite his party’s platform.

The state Democratic Party goes even further in its platform, calling for “the passage of legislation to decriminalize the possession of cannabis and regulate its use, cultivation, production, and sale as is done with tobacco and alcohol.”

The legislative session begins on January 10. A number of other marijuana bills have already been pre-filed, including ones that would decriminalize possession or put referenda on the state ballot to allow voters to enact medical cannabis or full legalization.

The legislative session begins on January 10. A number of other marijuana bills have already been pre-filed, including ones that would decriminalize possession or put referenda on the state ballot to allow voters to enact medical cannabis or full legalization.

Tom Angell covers policy and politics for Marijuana.com. Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit organization Marijuana Majority, which works to ensure that elected officials and the media treat legalization as a serious, mainstream issue. Marijuana Majority led the effort to get the U.S. Conference of Mayors to pass a resolution telling the federal government to respect state marijuana laws, and orchestrated the first-ever endorsement for marijuana legalization by a U.S. Supreme Court justice (John Paul Stevens). Previously, Tom worked for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (All organizations are listed for identification purposes only.)

Wow ! I’ll believe it when I see it. The most backward , ignorant State in the Union.

It’s gonna happen,n my wife has fibromyalgia n this could be her way outta this daily life consuming pain n off pain PILLS!!!

We might be a backwards state…..but we’re chill when it comes to this. Within like the last 10 years the attitude on weed down here has done a 180

For a last request prior to being executed an inmate can ask for pot infused Edibles, like enough to enjoy his execution. Texas does seem to exterminate a lot of their inmates.

Well if Abott some how blocks the bill. Everyone remember him and anyone else at election time. If the people get to vote it’s a sure thing. But if we’re note allowed to vote we will just vote his and anyone else ass out who tries to hold up progress.