Texas Lawmaker Wants to Expand Medical Marijuana Law
Texas State Senator Jose Menendez filed legislation on Tuesday that would expand Texas' medical marijuana law.
Currently, only those suffering from intractable epilepsy are covered by the state's medical marijuana. Senate Bill 269 would increase the amount of medical conditions that would qualify and would allow for stronger forms of marijuana. His bill still requires patients to see a doctor and remain under strict consultations.
According to Click2Houston, Sen. Menendez argues that his bill would allow for those suffering with cancer or PTSD to get help:
"Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients," Menendez said. "This is legitimate medicine that can help a variety of sick people, from the grandmother suffering from cancer to the veteran coping with PTSD after returning home from war."
The bill isn't seen as a priority in the Senate, but, if passed, Texas would join 28 other states in allowing medical marijuana.
Senate Bill 269 joins a growing list of legislation filed before the 2017 Legislative Session that is aimed toward marijuana laws in Texas. As of right now, none are anticipated to pass.