Yesterday, Tuesday, April 28, Texas Rep. Marisa Márquez of District 77 (AKA El Paso) addressed the Public Health Committee to discuss House Bill 3785. The bill seeks to expand upon and regulate the legal uses and governance of medical cannabis in Texas.
“House Bill 3785 would allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors or healthcare providers recommend it for medical treatment,” Márquez said in a recent statement to the press. “Furthermore, the legislation would allow the Department of State Health Services to establish a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana cultivators, processors, and dispensaries.”
You can read the bill in its entirety here.
According to a press release from Márquez’s office, Bill 3785 differs from previously introduced legislation, because it would allow access to CBD oils with little or no THC. Márquez says that many patients have found that THC and other components of whole marijuana are needed in addition to CBD in order to effectively treat their conditions. Some have relocated to states with more comprehensive medical marijuana laws so that they can access whole marijuana and oils that include a more balanced ratio of CBD and THC.
Representative Márquez was elected to her fourth term on November 4, 2014.
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