Texas’ full Senate has voted 26 to 5 to approve Senate Bill 339, a proposal to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy.
Specifically, the legislation would allow those with epilepsy who receive a recommendation from a physician to possess and use cannabis – including the actual pant, oils tinctures, etc. – that has no more than 0.5% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and at least 10% CBD (cannabidiol). The bill would establish a system of cultivation centers and dispensaries, which would provide patients a means of safe access to the medicine.
According to advocates of the bill, roughly 150,000 Texans live with intractable epilepsy, many of them children.
Senate Bill 339 now moves to the House of Representatives. Earlier this week the House Public Health Committee gave approval to a companion bill to Senate Bill 339, House Bill 892.