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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House Committee on Public Health will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bipartisan proposal to fix the state’s currently unworkable medical marijuana program and make the unnecessarily restrictive law more inclusive.

Patients and caregivers in Texas had to wait until the late hours of the night for a bill to be heard which would allow them to tell jurors that they are consuming or administering marijuana in a medicinal capacity.

Patients, Caregivers, and Medical Professionals Urge Texas Lawmakers to Allow Hearings on Critical Medical Marijuana Legislation at Texas Capitol. Photo Credit: Heather Fazio

AUSTIN, Texas — A group of patients, caregivers, and medical professionals gathered at the Texas State Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to allow hearings on critical medical marijuana legislation. The group called on House Public Health Committee Chairman Four Price and Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Charles

A bill to allow Texas farmers to grow hemp has been passed unanimously out of committee just over a week after its hearing.

Medical marijuana edibles from a Colorado dispensary.

A bill which would give Texas patients a medical defense in court for marijuana possession has been scheduled for a hearing.

Texas House of Representatives

A bill to make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in Texas a civil fine of $250 has been amended to include a three strikes rule. It may also be several weeks before the bill is considered for scheduling to the full Texas House of Representatives.

The Dallas City Council has voted to institute a cite and release measure which would see those with four ounces or less no longer arrested. Instead they will receive a court summons.

A bill to legalize hemp in Texas had its hearing today, with much support from Texas farmers.

Texas House of Representatives

Two Republican legislators in the Texas House of Representatives have signed on as authors of legislation which would establish a whole plant medical marijuana program.

Not going to jail for an ounce or less of marijuana in Texas is one step closer to reality today after a Texas House committee voted in favor of such a measure.

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL Football Team

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, called for the NFL to end its ban on marijuana at an owners-only meeting this past week.

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate today, and looks to face off against Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018.

  A 17-year-old girl made the front page of the Dallas Morning News for her story about how marijuana stops her from beating herself into a bloody mess, and now copies of that edition are being delivered to state lawmakers in Austin.

Five members of the San Antonio City Council have expressed support for a cite and release program similar to the one enacted in the Houston area earlier this year.