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December 26, 2019

2019: Make Your End of Year Tax-Deductible Donation!

The mission of the Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT), is to inform Texans about current cannabis laws; the medical, legal, and economic impacts of cannabis in Texas; and the legislative process for reform. Marijuana laws in states around the country are rapidly changing. FIT assists the people of Texas to understand how state and national laws impact them. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation for an Informed Texas. Your donations will be applied to: Educational seminars and events hosted across the state Outreach programs focused on reaching out to rural communities as well as seniors, veterans, patients and those affected by prohibition Online resources such as specialty blogs, live streaming of events, and policy analysis Engagement to keep the community educated and updated on […]
December 24, 2019

2019 Accomplishments & 2020 Strategic Timeline

Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT) has been hard at work educating Texans about cannabis in 2019! Our mission is to provide timely, expert information to citizens, legislators, regulators, medical professionals and law enforcement on the most pressing topics in the cannabis industry: The development of a well-regulated and science-driven regulatory structure for hemp and cannabis products Education of citizens, medical professionals, legislators and regulators on cannabis research to expand support for safe and legal access to cannabis Education of law enforcement on the facts and data about the cannabis plant and the impact that policies have on the public. Make a tax-deductible donation today to FIT! We reached these goals in 2019 by working closely with allies to accomplish the following: To continue to build […]
December 16, 2019

Update: Definition Approved, Hemp Regulations Released, Interim Charges

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has approved a broad definition of “incurable neurodegenerative disease,” a condition that now qualifies a patient to participate in the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP). As of December 5, 2019, patients with the following diagnosis (and more than 100 others) may participate in our state’s low-THC medical cannabis program:Alzheimer’s Disease and several forms of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, several forms of muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s Disease, motor neuron diseases like ALS, multiple mitochondrial conditions, creatine disorders, and neurotransmitter defect. Find a full list of the newly added conditions here. Additionally, the rule allows “a treating physician of a patient suffering from an incurable neurodegenerative disease not listed… may submit a request to the department to have a disease added.” More information about this new definition, the […]
December 9, 2019

Announcing: Regional Advocacy Workshops in January 2020!

We’re kicking off the new year with a series of 10 regional advocacy workshops throughout the state. Click the city nearest you for event details and registration:San Antonio: Friday, January 10 | Victoria: Saturday, January 11Bryan: Monday, January 13 | Lufkin: Thursday, January 16 Tyler: Friday, January 17 | Fort Worth: Saturday, January 18Lubbock: Monday, January 20 | Midland: Tuesday, January 21 Austin: Saturday, January 25 | Houston: January 29 Foundation for an Informed Texas will be collaborating with our coalition, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, to bring timely curriculum to each of our workshops. Together, we will cover:  All materials will be provided and admission is free, but registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited. Business casual attire encouraged. These events are a great way to get to know other cannabis advocates in your area. We hope you can join us and […]
December 3, 2019

Interim Charge Hearing: Vaping Issues in Texas

On this #GivingTuesday, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services (HHS) met to hear from experts and the public regarding the emerging public health concerns from the rise in e-cigarette use and “vaping,” especially among minors; and to determine if additional policies or laws are needed to protect the public’s health. The HHS Committee heard from several panels of doctors, educators, bureaucrats and other experts. Then they accepted comments from the public. Our executive director was present to offer a Vaping/Vaporizing Fact Sheet and thoughtful testimony. Please make a donation to support our important interim education. “You outlaw it or you can regulate it, which we do not have the resources and bureaucracy to do. And let’s not forget that personal responsibility is important,” said […]