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Texas governor says he'll sign medical marijuana bill

Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Photo by Gage Skidmore
Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that he will sign medical marijuana legislation on Monday.

Abbott issued a news advisory Sunday announcing a Monday bill signing ceremony with the authors of Senate Bill 339 — Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, and Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth.

The bill would legalize medical marijuana in limited fashion for Texans, allowing the production and sale of CBD, a medicinal compound found on marijuana. It would not legalize any medical marijuana which contains a high amount of THC, the active ingredient which produces a “high.”

A contentious piece of legislation this session, it was the only bill to make its way to a full vote by either chamber of the state legislature.

Advocates of the bill say that it is designed to help people with severe seizure disorders. Others have had a mixture of responses to the legislation, ranging from support, to neutral, to outright opposition.

Critics of the legislation say that it is fundamentally designed to be ineffective and will benefit no one because of language which allows doctors to only prescribe the CBD oil instead of recommend as other states currently do. It is federally illegal for doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, ensuring that any doctor in Texas which prescribes the compound would face revocation of their license.

Under the bill, only a neurologist or epileptologist would be able to prescribe CBD oil.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

Other arguments include the ineffectiveness of the CBD compound alone, and that in order to have the greatest benefit for patients, other compounds of the plant must be legalized as well.

Once passed, the legislation would not go into effect until late 2017.

Over 70 people testified on medical marijuana legislation this year during committee hearings, with most saying that only whole plant medical marijuana could help their children who have severe seizures and a myriad of other patients. No one testified against any of the medical marijuana legislation.

Another piece of legislation which would have legalized whole plant medical marijuana similar to that of 23 other states where medical cannabis is legal, was prevented from being voted on by the House Public Health Committee by chairwoman Rep. Myra Crownover, a Republican from Denton.

By: Stephen Carter

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Stephen Carter is a 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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  1. May 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Duncan Mikhail 357.

  2. Glenda Graves
    May 31, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Texas needs to learn a lesson from Colorado! I love my state but I am beginning to believe that we have nothing but uptight assholes running our state who care nothing about this great state of ours and are only worried about their own political careers.

    • Mob Barley
      June 1, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      I completely agree, with you.

  3. Cynthia Robinson
    May 31, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Governor Abbott, If you firmly believe that Medical Marijuana, is of value to Seizure Disorders, then I applaud you.
    Having said that, there are MANY disorders that Medical Marijuana, could be of value.
    PTSD, Clinical Depression, MS, MD, etc.
    So, please expand your approval of Marijuana for Texans.
    Texas needs Education and Housing Funds, as well as Veteran Benefits. Colorado is said to have made $100,000 in the first 2 days of sales.

  4. Adriane jones
    June 1, 2015 at 12:41 am

    It’s a plant nothing harmful it helps with PTSD insomnia and anxiety and so much. So do what is right for the people.

  5. Gods Gift
    June 1, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Bill 339 is not humane at all, I guess patients with seizures get all the help ASAP while Cancer patients and other I’ll patients can just Rot&Die, this is Gods Gift, Governor Gregg Abbot please have a sense of HEALING,

    • SomeGalNTX
      June 1, 2015 at 3:41 am

      You can thank Myra Crownover for not allowing further legislation on marijuana out of committee, so that it could even be voted upon, and sent to Abbott. I am sure you can find her on the state’s page, and voice your opinion to her. I agree, personally. She made it a point to make HER OPINION the only one that mattered, and succeeded in denying a potential source of pain relief and nausea to those with cancer and other conditions which this is known to assist. Everyone should be contacting her office, and ensuring her constituents of her actions, and how they affect MILLIONS.

      • Liz Abbott
        June 12, 2015 at 7:48 pm

        I did.

    • Liz Abbott
      June 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      My daughter’s friend moved to California to smoke marijuana for Lyme disease. It had progressed far before they diagnosed it, and they had to give the young lady huge doses of intravenous antibiotics which would make her wretch and wretch. Marijuana was the only thing that allowed her to take the treatment. It was her lifesaver.

  6. .......
    June 1, 2015 at 8:39 am

    If marijuana were legalized on the federal level we wouldn’t have to tolerate this bullshit. The moment the science was done to prove marijuana’s safety and even health benefits it should have been presidentially pardoned on grounds that its prohibition was never based on scientific reason. That’s what a government protecting the welfare of its people does. I bet its just like this in all the other states where its STILL illegal. Some stickuptheirass politicians are ignoring the progressive will of the the people. Its Science and not bullshit

    • Liz Abbott
      June 12, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      I have wondered about that. If marijuana was legalized at a federal level, but Texas did not legalize it on the state level, it would still be illegal, I believe. Not only that, but city by city, county by county prevent sales, or make it legal, like they do with alcohol sales in dry counties and wet counties, wet districts and dry districts. I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve been thinking about it. Even in Colorado, there are places where it can’t be sold.Even in California, there are places where

  7. Mike Wilcutt
    June 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Governor Abbott is a smart man. He knows that 4x more people die due to pharmacy drugs compared to guns each year. You can see he’s trying to save lives. So many epileptics out there to start having cannabis natural medicines. Also (not could), but is going to save Medicare so much money as they start to heal. I’ll even try to help Abbott spread natural food medicines. If you can’t sleep, it’s not sleeping pills. It’s vitamin B in all green veggies. Switch your lettuce to spinach leafs, eat more avacado, and plenty other green veggies.

    • June 1, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      Green vegetables lmao do your homework you might learn something

    • Ellen
      June 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      When all the above is in effect and you still suffer from constant pain. An all natural alternative that actually works without having to take multiple pharmaceuticals. You do the math. And apparently you have no regard for people who could and would benefit medical legalization. Constant pain is more likely to kill than legalizing a natural alternative with no compounding chemicals with side effects. Eating veggies is good, but I know doing this alone doesn’t work.

  8. June 1, 2015 at 9:20 am

    SO. Now people who have the many other diseases that it helps, who take their life savings to go to Denver Dr.s either have to LIE and cheat in TEXAS or keep giving up their homes to get well? Thats ;like saying its okay to turn right on red on Avenues and not on Streets. Wake up and help please.

  9. ed
    June 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I was once told I live in a free country “right” I mean you heard the same also didn’t you? So what does free in America mean?

  10. Renee
    June 1, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    It’s a start. To stay positive about the state’s progress on the topic, I see this as the first stepping stone on our way to Medical legalization, decriminalization, and full legalization. We’re turning the right way at least

  11. June 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Reblogged this on roscia2010.

  12. erica
    June 1, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I call b*******. I’m not going to trust him he’s nothing but a liar you never put your trust in that pos

  13. June 1, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    This is a medical marijuana bill , it’ a joke. I’m from Texas but can’t be there unless my wife agrees to live in a wheelchair again from pain. THC is a necessary compound to amplify the CBD and also the main compound for pain.there is much more it does even though it gets you loopy, should we outlaw alcohol , heck it doesn’t help with your health at all. I get Texas legislators are clueless but there are people in science that do get CBD is helpful but without the other compounds it’s only helpful for a couple of conditions. Please reach out and do your homework Or quit getting my hopes up to be able to come back home. By the way , mo I don’t use and my wife never did before she got sick. It’s medicine ! Don’t allow those that overuse to throw away thousands of years of medicinal usage.

  14. Robert Ridings
    June 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I’m a disabled person. Do I have to leave my home and move to another state to get natural medicine or stay here and take chemicals? My family came here in early 1600’s. Please don’t make me leave my home. Thanks

  15. Sean
    June 6, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Recall him from the governer positron. He is one person. We could be millions, he doesn’t call the shots we do.

  16. June 6, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Why are we making this so complicated? K.I.S.S. Let go of the marijuana phobias. Look at outcomes in Colorado and Washington and take advantage of the information gathered there before creating layers of regulations that are not necessary. Hopefully the federal government will put an end to all the squabbling and legalize it. We’ve got bigger fish to fry with HARD CORE drugs like heroin and crack, street drugs laced with household cleaning products and poisons, SYNTHETIC “MARIJUANA”-legal by the way-causing strokes in our youth with one try (ask those working in emergency rooms across this country about that one), pesticide infested weed, so on and so forth….And now I’m hearing about arsenic in some of our cheap wine? Hope that is hype. Get real and move on. Lets approach medicinal marijuana with research and evidenced based guidelines to care, and let medical professionals decide on parameters to diagnose and prescribe, not legislators. Finally, HEMP is NOT marijuana! Hemp is currently used for products, food, and even energy at a much lower price that we pay now! I hope the Governor will arrange for proper education of the Texas legislative branch and the public. Go study the history of Hemp and note the political movements that created this whole mess. We’ve entrusted our representatives to be enlightened, not ignorant, before creating laws. Keep contacting them on this issue.

    • Liz Abbott
      June 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      No doubt the deadly synthetic marijuana is a product scientists developed trying to make something that works as good as marijuana. All these dead kids were caused by politicians outlawing marijuana. Marijuana needs to be kept real, and intact (whole plant), and GW Pharma products need to be illegal in the USA.

  17. June 6, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    We don’t need more drug laws, we need compassionate and effective MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS! Stop criminalizing drug use, and in turn criminalizing youth, the poor, the mentally ill, those in lower socioeconomic groups, etc. by ruining their lives forever when a poor choice is made. But of course if your are wealthy, have political ties or perhaps you are a politician yourself, its okay to snort all the cocaine you want, right? You can get a pardon or pay off enough people, and sweep your poor choices under the rug. This is not what our country was intended to be. By the very fact that this has happened even once in our country means that those people treated so differently are owed a new and fair trial. This kind of hypocrisy has no place in America.

    • Liz Abbott
      June 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      That is so true, Monique! The rich can go to Colorado anytime they want and get stoned, or get stoned in Texas and pay the fine, because the judges won’t send the rich playboys to prison, because they wouldn’t get their campaigns funded in the next election..

  18. rickyb
    June 8, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Cannabis treats many symptoms for many diseases that cannot be treated by existing methods. I’m sure that cannabis can even cure some of these ailments that the conventional methods simply do not. To take it one step further, cannabis is most likely a potent preventive medication for some of the same diseases. The fact that so many pharmaceutical drugs all come with a host of side effects, should be a wake-up that big pharma doesn’t always have a valid clue. In fact, many of the side effects that they include in their instructions and their advertisements, may and probably are the cause of further ailments, requiring the need for even more pharmaceuticals with even more side effects. Are we beginning to get the picture here?

    Big pharma obviously has a place in the modern world, but it’s not their place to dominate the entire medicinal community when a simple herb can bring relief to a great many people.

    I’ve heard so much talk lately about CBD, a product of cannabis that does relieve symptoms, and that the THC portion is only used to create a feeling of well being. They probably work best in some kind of combination. I’ve also read information about how the THC portion slightly incapacitates the user temporarily, but not nearly to the extent that alcohol does. THC never reaches a level in the blood that would equal more than a couple of alcohol beverages, and it wears off rather quickly. This is probably not very good news for the roadside sobriety test industry.

    A good friend of mine was considered to be afflicted by the effects of agent orange by the US Army’s medical staff after his tours in vietnam. He applied and eventually (26 years later) received almost $ 2000 per month as compensation. Not an easy thing to do.

    He also received dozens of pill bottles filled with 500 pills each of all kinds of medication, most ending with the three letters ‘pam’ Diazepam, Triazopam etc. He said all they did was make him sick and dizzy every day, leading eventually to heart disease. After a year of this, he quit those meds.

    He tried some cannabis, and related to me that he felt a thousand times better, like night and day, you could see his demeanor change to a positive. However his monthly visits to the VA hospital, and their random blood tests turned up positive for cannabis. They (VA) gave him one chance to produce a negative blood scan or they (VA) would cut off his compensation. He went back on the various valium meds, and died a little more that a year later (age 59). This was about ten years ago. Would he have died anyway? probably. maybe. But why deny a cannabis medication to someone when it obviously could have given him a better quality of living?

    He had three kids, all grown up. Yes, maybe they could have gotten into his cannabis stash, but they might have just as easily gotten into his valium meds, and overdosed. By the way, the lethal limit for cannabis is approx 500 pounds in 24 hours. Now look that one up!

  19. Liz Abbott
    June 12, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Dr. Donald Abrams, Chief Oncologist at San Francisco General Hospital, has several videos out on YouTube. He not only explains a few of the benefits, but he tells us that the politicians, not the doctors have made marijuana illegal, and keep it illegal. He says about every 10 years congress asks the doctors, and the doctors say to legalize marijuana, and then the politicians do not take their medical advice or opinion.

  20. Liz Abbott
    June 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Governor Abbott is just another lying, no good, politician thinking he’s outsmarting the common people. Too bad we know his only excuse must be ignorance. How else could anyone be so inhumane to so many people? I know as I grow older, its my only hope because pharmaceuticals cost too much and have too many side effects.

  21. helen clayton
    June 14, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Without going into a lot about my illness ,shouldn’t it be up to me as a free American to choose what I think is the best treatment for my health problems .No one should be able to deny my choices on what I choose for treatment. That like saying I have to take chemotherapy even if I don’t want to, or be denied treatment for hepatitis c because I don’t have a income which would allow me to pay.

  22. .......
    June 18, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    http://reverbpress.com/finance/texas-moves-to-take-its-gold-from-federal-reserve-because-fk-yankee-dollars/ <DO NOT LET ABBOTT GET HIS GREEDY SMELLY HANDS ON THAT GOLD, just leave it where it is… Our governors a fucking Leprochaun…….

    IMPEACH ABBOTT!!

  23. Dan
    June 26, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I’m moving. Fuck this. It’s weed, not fucking meth. Only thing that can help with my PTSD makes me tired all day, having extreme difficulty waking up, and I have no memory. I forget everything all the time and can’t focus on anything.

    I follow the law, so I’m not going to do something the state won’t let me, but I will be moving to a state that understands what a democracy is supposed to be so I don’t feel like some old fart with century old ideals is forcing me to live how they want me to.