AUSTIN, TX — Lawmakers in the Texas house have advanced a bill that advocates are calling “critical” to the future of Texas’ currently unworkable medical marijuana program.
House Bill 2107 was advanced Friday by the Public Health Committee by a vote of 7 to 2.
The bill now heads to the Calendars Committee, the legislative committee responsible for sending bills to the floor of the full House of Representatives for a vote.
House Bill 2107 would increase the number of medical conditions that qualify for the Texas Compassionate Use Program and allow patients to participate if they receive an official recommendation from their doctors.
It would also improve the variety of medical marijuana available to patients.
The program currently only permits patients suffering from intractable epilepsy to access specific types of medical marijuana that have been found to be ineffective for some patients.
It also requires doctors to “prescribe” medical marijuana, which is not possible under federal law.
House Bill 2107 received a public hearing on Tuesday, after which the number of lawmakers co-sponsoring the measure jumped from five to more than 70.
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