The Texas House of Representatives took a step towards expanding the Compassionate Use Program today by voting in favor of HB 1535 on its second reading by a voice vote. The bill will be voted on again tomorrow when it is read a third time before heading to the Senate.
HB 1535, authored by Rep. Stephanie Klick, would add cancer, chronic pain, and PTSD as approved conditions while allowing the Department of State Health Services to add new qualifying conditions through their administrative rule-making process. HB 1535 would also raise the THC cap to 5% and create “Institutional Review Boards” which will facilitate research and track the impact of medical cannabis on patients participating in the program.
Originally the bill allowed only for veterans with PTSD to qualify, however the bill was amended to include anyone with PTSD.