Legislators recognize mothers for medical marijuana efforts on House floor
Rep. Eddie Lucio and Rep. Jason Isaac took the time to recognize the group Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives and promote their bill to expand the Compassionate Use Program.
To date, 76 legislators have signed on in support of HB 2107, which is more than half of the chamber’s 150 members. The bill establishes a whole plant medical marijuana program which would allow people with various conditions to seek a recommendation for medical cannabis and then obtain it from a dispensary.
The bill is currently pending in the Calendar Committee, which will decide whether or not the bill is heard by the full House, or dies without further action.
Patients qualifying under this legislation would include those with cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, sickle cell anemia, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or post-concussion syndrome, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, or Huntington’s disease.
Also qualifying would be any chronic medical condition which produces cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, or any other medical condition approved as a debilitating medical condition by department rule or any symptom caused by the treatment of a medical condition that is approved as a debilitating medical condition by department rule.
After a four plus hour tear-jerker of a hearing, a number of legislators in the House signed on in support of the bill, both Democrats and Republicans.
The 2017 legislative session is slated to end on Monday, May 29. The legislation must be passed by the House, then head to the Senate, before coming back to the House for a final vote, at which point it will head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, where he can choose to either sign, veto, or let it sit until it becomes law on its own. The bill would need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to overcome a veto from the governor.