7 Days Left In Session: What You Can Do to HelpMay 23, 2021
Medical Cannabis Bill Passes Senate Committee!May 24, 2021
We can’t allow legislators to make patients wait another 2 years!
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 referred to the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs after our previous phone call campaign. It must have a hearing immediately in order to make it to the Governor’s desk.
This means Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick must allow the committee to take the time to hear and vote on the bill. Ask your senator to call on the Lt. Governor and committee members to advance this bill!
Please CALL YOUR SENATOR! Identify your Texas State Senator and their Capitol office phone number here.
Call Lt Governor Dan Patrick! (512) 463-0001
Remember: Always be polite and courteous when contacting legislative offices. Professionalism is paramount. Here’s what you can say when you call:
“Hello, my name is (name) and I’m calling about HB 1535. Please ensure that this legislation has a hearing and is voted on quickly. We cannot leave Texas patients behind this session.”
It is imperative that you call, however if you absolutely are unable to do so, then Email the Lt. Gov. and Texas Senate to quickly advance medical cannabis expansion!
HEMP: HB 3948 passed out of the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture, & Rural Affairs with a vote of 8-0. This bill establishes a hemp research program and cleans up some language in the statute. This bill contains the same amendment which was added to HB 2593 regarding Delta-8. The bill is scheduled for Monday, May 23rd’s Intent Calendar. (You will be able to watch the livestream here.) If there is any discrepancy between the House and Senate versions, it will go to a conference committee for negotiation on the final draft before arriving on the governor’s desk.