Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Filed in Texas Legislature
House Bill 3785, introduced by Representative Marisa Márquez, would allow patients who receive a recommendation from a physician to legally possess and use up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for medical purposes. Patients would also be able to cultivate up to six cannabis plants at their private residence, and the Department of State Health Services would be directed to establish a regulated system of licensed cannabis cultivators, processors, and dispensaries.
Senator José Menéndez plans to file an identical companion bill in the Senate next Friday.
“The law currently does not reflect marijuana’s legitimate medical use and denies access to patients, such as veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, citizens suffering with cancer, and severe aliments of the aging,” says Representative Marquez. “By continuing to deny access to patients, we limit the rights of families to seek the best possible treatment for conditions that do not respond to other drugs or therapies. We should create paths, and not obstacles, in allowing doctors to recommend medicine that has been shown to work.”
More than three out of four Texans (77%) support legalizing medical cannabis, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released in February 2014.
The text of House Bill 3785 can be found by clicking here.