Thank you for taking the time to call and email the Lt. Governor about this critical legislation. HB 1535, authored by Rep. Stephanie Klick, would expand the Texas Compassionate Use Program and qualify more patients for medical cannabis. This bill passed out of the House with strong support 134-12, has bi-partisan sponsorship in the Senate, and has been sent to the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs. We will update you when we know more about a hearing.
Update on HB 2593
HB 2593 passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee 5-2. HB 2593 will reduce penalties for 2 ounces of THC concentrates from a felony to a Class B Misdemeanor. It has now been set for the Senate Intent Calendar for tomorrow. You will be able to watch the livestream here.
Hemp Bill Advances
HB 3948 passed out of the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture, & Rural Affairs with a vote of 8 to 0. HB 3948 would establish a hemp research program & cleans up some language in the statute. As passed out of the Senate committee, there will be restrictions on Delta-8. The bill heads to Calendars to be scheduled for debate on the Senate Floor, the last opportunity for amendments. If there is any discrepancy between the House and Senate versions, it will go to a conference committee for negotiation on the final draft for signature.
This change in the law could affect hundreds (if not thousands) of businesses and their customers. If Delta-8 products are important to your business or they have helped you in any way, we encourage you to reach out to your Texas Senator. Identify your Texas State Senator & their Capitol contact here.