Texas Governor Vows No Legalization or MMJ on His Watch

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October 25, 2016
Denver, CO

While Gov. Abbot signed legislation allowing CBD oils as treatment for certain, narrow medical conditions, he "will not allow...SB 399...to open the door to marijuana" in Texas.

"I remain convinced that Texas should not legalize marijuana, nor should Texas open the door for conventional marijuana to be used for medicinal purposes," Abbott said before the signing. "As governor, I will not allow it; SB 339 does not open the door to marijuana in Texas."

The Texas Tribune writes "The Texas Compassionate Use Act from state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, will legalize oils containing CBD, a non-euphoric component of marijuana known to treat epilepsy and other chronic medical conditions. The state will regulate and distribute the oils to patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.

Senate Bill 339 requires the Texas Department of Public Safety to license at least three dispensing organizations by Sept. 1, 2017, provided that at least that many applicants have met the state’s requirements. According to the bill's author, dispensaries will function similar to compounding pharmacies. Only a neurologist or epileptologist will be able to prescribe CBD oil. The law will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2015."

A small step in the right direction, the new law still leaves many in the lurch - and leaves many questioning the governor's position.  The CBD-THC ration can be no more than 20:1, and there is nothing written in to allow use for other diseases that can be treated with medicinal cannabis, including cancer.

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