Should Texas Lawmakers Allow Use in Some Form of Medical Marijuana? [POLL]
Texas lawmakers heard testimony about the use of oils from marijuana plants that could be used by epilepsy patients according to the Texas Tribune.
House Bill 892 would legalize oils containing CBD, a non-euphoric component of marijuana known to treat epilepsy and other chronic medical conditions. By 2018, the measure would allow the state to regulate and distribute the oils to epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication. The measure was left pending by the House Committee on Public Health.
At the hearing, supporters of the proposal, also known as the Compassionate Use Act, recounted the seizures endured by children who they say could benefit from derivatives of medical marijuana. But opponents of the bill, including representatives of law enforcement agencies, expressed concerns that increased access to any component of marijuana would jeopardize public safety.
"This is a focused bill designed to give people with intractable epilepsy another option when others have failed," the bill's author, state Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, told the committee. "[CBD oils] have no street value, and these families have no other options."
The bill would not allow for recreational use of marijuana, only medicinal purposes. What do you think? Should Texas lawmakers pass this form of medical marijuana? Let us know in today's KFYO Poll of the Day.