Texas Lawmaker Files Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis
Texas State Senator Jose Menendez has filed legislation that would legalize medical cannabis, including a system of licensed dispensaries.
“Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients,” says Senator Menéndez. “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.”
Under the proposed law, those with a recommendation from a physician would be allowed to possess and use medical cannabis. A regulated system of dispensaries and cultivation centers would be authorized to provide patients with a means of safe access to their medicine.
“Twenty-eight states have recognized the medical benefit of cannabis, including conservative states like Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota,” said Senator Menéndez. “It’s time Texas steps up to the plate and provide real relief for our suffering patients.”
Last year Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 339, a restrictive medical cannabis-related bill that legalized the use of low-THC cannabis extracts, but only for those with epilepsy.