Blog (Expert Opinion) – Foundation for an Informed Texas
November 16, 2022

88th Texas Legislature

The 88th Texas Legislature is set to convene on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at noon. Prefiling of legislation begins November 14, 2022. The 140th and final day of the 88th legislative session, known as “Sine die” is May 29, 2023. Now is an ideal time to take action to ensure that your representative and senator know about your support for cannabis reform! ​ Medical Cannabis​ | Penalty Reduction​ | Legalization​ Submit your testimony to be included in hearing binders. (Coming Soon). Visit Texas NORML’s site to learn more. Bills for the 88th legislative session in 2023 are currently being filed. The deadline to file a bill is March 10th. Medical Cannabis Bills SB 121 by Sen. José Menéndez – Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, delivery, sale, and research of medical cannabis […]
November 16, 2022

Texas Marijuana Advocacy Virtual Workshop (1/21/23)

Join Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and Informed Texas for our Advocacy Workshop on Saturday January 21st at 11am. This virtual event is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals who want to effectively advocate for cannabis in Texas. The workshop is free, but registration is required. This online training will cover: Cannabis 101 Texas Hemp Program  Federal Policy  Texas Compassionate Use Program  Decriminalization  Legalization  Political Timeline Preparing for the Legislative Session  Become a sponsor for this event! After the tutorial airs on January 21st at 11am, it will be available for on-demand replay so that Texans can participate at their leisure. This also means that your company will get continued exposure. Sponsorships enable us to offer lower registration pricing and registration scholarships. It also empowers Informed Texas […]
November 30, 2021

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. Make a tax-deductible gift today to Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT), whose educational mission covers providing Texans with knowledge about cannabis, the biological mechanisms, the physiological aspects and socio-economic impacts through tools and resources such as seminars, trainings, and on-line resources. Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together.  Make a one time donation or become a sustaining donor we can rely on during the the 2021 Legislative Session and beyond. Thank you for participating and […]
September 20, 2021

Texas Compassionate Use Program: Questions Answered

Earlier this year the Texas Legislature passed HB 1535 to improve the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP) during the regular session. This legislation added conditions and modified cannabis THC potency levels. These changes took effect as of September 1, 2021. This has led to many Texans to see if medical cannabis may be right for them. In order to help answer some of the most common questions by the public we have created a one-pager. Review our T.CUP Frequently Asked Questions! Live Webinar – Cannabis Treatment for Epilepsy, Autism & PTSD Adult and Pediatric Considerations with Dr Bonnie Goldstein – Nov. 16, 2021 at 6:30pm As a preeminent cannabis physician, Dr. Goldstein has helped thousands of adult and pediatric patients better understand and find relief with […]
September 13, 2021

Opportunity for Regulatory Feedback: Compassionate-Use Institutional Review Board

Earlier this year the Texas Legislature passed HB 1535 to improve the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP) during the regular session. This legislation included a provision to create “Compassionate-Use Institutional Review Boards” (CIRB) which could potentially add new qualifying conditions, facilitate research, and track the impact of medical cannabis on patients participating in the program. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has been tasked with the creation of the CIRB regulatory framework.  DSHS has released their first iteration of the CIRB regulations, which can be reviewed here. Public comments are now being accepted, and must be submitted by the September 20th deadline. Thoughtful feedback can be submitted by: Mail: Rules Coordination Office, P.O. Box 13247, Mail Code 4102, Austin, Texas 78711-3247, or street address 4900 […]