Incredible but true: the Texas House tentatively approved a bill that would allow patients who suffer from epilepsy to use low-THC cannabis.
The text of the bill defines low-THC cannabis as “the plant Cannabis sativa L., and any part of that plant or any compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, preparation, resin, or oil of that plant that contains: (A) not more than 0.5 percent by weight of tetrahydrocannabinols; and (B) not less than 10 percent by weight of cannabidiol.”
How would the prescription process move forward? Well, everything can happen “if the patient is a permanent resident of the state; the physician complies with the registration requirements; and the physician certifies to the department that: (A) the patient is diagnosed with intractable epilepsy; (B) the physician has provided two or more different treatments approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the provided treatments have not alleviated the patient’s seizures; (C) no other treatment options approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration are available or appropriate for the patient;(D) the physician determines the risk of the medical use of low-THC cannabis by the patient is reasonable in light of the potential benefit for the patient.”
Of course, the patient has to be over 18, otherwise “a second physician qualified to prescribe low-THC cannabis has concurred with the determination under Paragraph (D); and the second physician’s concurrence is recorded in the patient’s medical record.”
This is not exactly “legalization”, it definitively sounds more like “hyper-medicalization”. This said, the step forward would be huge for a state like Texas… but the Governor hasn’t signed it yet. There are those, in fact, who believe the bill will die before being born. Our beloved SB339, in fact, requires doctors to “prescribe” cannabis, which is a federal crime. In other states where medical cannabis is legal doctors “recommend” medical cannabis or “certify” patients to use is.
We will keep you posted.