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Medical marijuana CBD bill moves into Texas House committee

CBD Chemical Structure
CBD Chemical Structure

The CBD-only medical marijuana bill filed in the Texas House of Representatives in January was read on the House floor today and then referred to the Public Health Committee.

HB 892 was filed by Rep. Stephanie Klick, a Republican out of Fort Worth, which would create a regulatory system to grow and distribute medical marijuana in Texas to a select group of patients, primarily those suffering from seizure disorders.

It has been dubbed a CBD-only bill due to its restrictions on THC, the active ingredient in cannabis which produces a high. Both CBD and THC have been shown to have medicinal qualities, however strains with a higher CBD-content have successfully been used to help control seizure activity.

An identical bill filed in the Texas Senate, SB 339 has already been referred to committee. It was filed at the same time as the House bill by Sen. Kevin Eltife, a Republican from Tyler.

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, along with many other groups including patient advocates, say the CBD bill does not go far enough, and that they will have a whole plant medical cannabis bill filed in March.

There has been a delay in getting that bill filed though due to confusion among legislators about what exactly the CBD-only bill entails.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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