HB 1535, authored by Chairwoman Stephanie Klick, was voted unanimously out of the Texas House Public Health Committee after a hearing on Wednesday. The bill now heads to Calendars Committee where it awaits scheduling to be heard by the full Texas House of Representatives. The bill would add cancer, chronic pain, and PTSD for veterans while allowing the Department of State Health Services to add new qualifying conditions through their administrative rule-making process. HB 1535 would also raise the THC cap to 5% and create “Institutional Review Boards” which will facilitate research and track the impact of medical cannabis on patients participating in the program. Watch the hearing!
Next week, there are three hearings scheduled to address cannabis policy in Texas. Below is information on each hearing, the bills and how you can submit written testimony. Tuesday, April 6th at 1pm: The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will meet to consider a number of marijuana bills which aim to reduce penalties for possession. Click here to learn more about all bills up for consideration. Submit written comments electronically to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. These comments will be included in the official legislative record and are a great way for you to show your support. Comments can be as simple as, “I support this legislation. Thank you for your consideration and service!” (Please note that you will have up to 3000 characters.) You could also include a personal […]
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Foundation for an Informed Texas have worked together on a survey of Texas patients to better understand patient needs, why they use cannabis, the conditions which cannabis helps, the effects of cannabis on these conditions, and to provide accurate data. This live webinar will be hosted on Monday, April 12th at 7pm CT and will will delve into the methodology, results, key findings and recommendations. This webinar will include a LIVE Q&A portion at the end. Presenters: Katharine Neill Harris, Ph.D. and Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Viridiana Edwards, nonresident scholar for the Drug Policy Program and a U.S. Army Veteran Jax Finkel, Executive Director for Informed Texas This LIVE webinar with Q&A will air on 4/12/21 and […]
The Texas Legislature is in session and dozens of marijuana-related bills have been introduced, including proposals to expand access to medical cannabis. We are at the Capitol with our educational exhibit, including displays featuring information about the cannabis plant, dosing, efficacy, safety and supporting organization as well as important perspectives from Texas medical professionals and patients. We were honored to collaborate with our coalition, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, on the creation and production of this exhibit. Review the graphics and their sources below. Take a video tour of the exhibit.