Once the state with the harshest cannabis laws in the United States, Texas recently expanded the list of qualifying conditions for medical pot use.
Lawmakers in the Lone Star State approved a bill that expands the Compassionate Use Act, adding multiple sclerosis, terminal cancer, autism, Parkinson’s disease, and various seizure disorders to the scope of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana.
Previously, state laws allowed only patients with intractable epilepsy to benefit from medical cannabis products.
However, the bill still maintains a 0.5% cap on THC in products and millions of Texans are denied legal access to weed even though states across the country continue to embrace legalization. These patients, including people suffering from PTSD, will have to wait for the next legislative session in 2021 for the opportunity to get relief from pot.
Nevertheless, compared to pre-1973, when penalties for cannabis offenses were significantly reduced, today’s situation is an interesting medley…