Legislation to expand the Texas Compassionate Use Program is coming up for a vote on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives this Wednesday, April 28.
HB 1535, authored by Rep. Stephanie Klick, would expand the Texas Compassionate Use Program and qualify more patients for medical cannabis.
The legislation would add cancer, chronic pain, and PTSD for veterans 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.
While these are important improvements to the program, amendments can be offered by legislators to further improve this bill.
You can help ensure that this legislation improves and passes by asking your representative to offer and support amendments to improve the bill, and to vote yes for it.