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April 30, 2021

Three Bills Advance to the Senate!

It has been a very busy week for marijuana law reform at the Texas State Capitol Building. One bill is making its way through the Senate, three bills were voted out of the House, and others are moving through the process on the House side. Here is where we stand: Wednesday: HB 2593 passed the Texas House by a vote of 108 to 33. HB 2593, authored by Speaker Pro Tempore Joe Moody, would reduce possession of 2oz of THC concentrates from a felony to a class B misdemeanor. It now heads to the Senate where the Lt Gov will assign it to a committee.  Thursday: HB 1535 passed the Texas House by a vote of 134 to 12. As amended, this legislation would add Cancer, […]
April 26, 2021

87th Lege: Bill Updates

The 87th Texas Legislature only has 4 weeks left in the regular session. Dozens of marijuana-related bills​ have been introduced, including proposals to expand access to medical cannabis, reduce penalties for possession of cannabis flower and THC concentrates, create a regulated cannabis market, perfect the Texas Hemp Program and more. Here is an update on what bill are on the move and what they do. Review the full list of bills and other details.
April 9, 2021

Texas State Capitol Educational Exhibit: Texas Veterans

The Texas Legislature is in session and dozens of marijuana-related bills​ have been introduced, including proposals to expand access to medical cannabis. We have expanded our previous medical cannabis exhibit with new data surrounding veteran issues. We are displaying 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, patients and veterans. 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. Hear from Texas Veterans
April 9, 2021

Two Penalty Reduction Bills Advance! Next Steps

Two bills addressing reducing penalties for marijuana possession and THC concentrates have been voted out of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. The bills now heads to the Calendars Committee where it awaits scheduling to be heard by the full Texas House of Representatives. Read the full text of HB 441 and HB 2593.  Watch the Hearing
April 8, 2021

Medical Cannabis Advances!

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!