Texas governor says no to marijuana legalization while he is in office
As Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a very limited medical marijuana bill into law today which legalizes the production of a single compound of the cannabis plant, CBD, for epilepsy patients, he also made it clear that Texans should not expect marijuana laws to change while he is governor.
Abbott says Texas won’t legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use for as long as he’s in office.
Before signing the bill, Abbott stressed that the new law does give any ground to broader marijuana legalization efforts and the CBD compound doesn’t produce a high.
“It will however provide healing and hope for children that are afflicted by unrelenting seizures caused by epilepsy,” Abbott said.
“I remain convinced that Texas should not legalize marijuana nor should Texas open the door for conventional marijuana to be used for medical or medicinal purposes,” Abbott said. “As governor I will not allow it.”
Some supporters of marijuana law reform saw the bill as progress towards the state recognizing that cannabis does have medicinal value, while others saw it as appeasement and a setback for real progress.
The CBD-only bill is very limited in nature and won’t go into effect until late 2017. Seizure patients must go through a host of tests and rule out any other possibility before being eligible to receive a prescription for CBD oil, which is still federally illegal. Doctors in the 23 states where medical marijuana is legal only recommend the plant, rather than prescribe it.
This means that likely no one will benefit from this legislation until federal laws change.
By: Stephen Carter
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