TEXAS: Texas is expected Monday to loosen restrictions on a marijuana-related product for the first time in state hostory. Gov. Greg Abbott said Sunday that he will sign a bill that would legalize cannabis oil as a treatment for epilepsy, reported the San Antonio Express-News. The announcement came in the evening with a signing ceremony planned for Monday afternoon.
The legalization will have a very narrow scope. The legislation, Senate Bill 339, does not legalize marijuana for recreation or medical use — but rather specifies the single use of cannabis oil. Sponsored by Rep. Sen. Kevin Eltife and Rep. Stephanie Klick, the bill previously passed through both legislative chambers last month after emotional testimony from the parents of children with epilepsy.
The marijuana-derived cannabis oil has very little tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in pot. The dosage of THC is so low it does not produce the “high” associated with marijuana, reported KSAT in San Antonio. The product would be allowed for those who suffer from persistent and chronic seizures. Fourteen other states already have some sort of low-dose cannabis oil laws, reported KSAT. Support from marijuana advocates had previously been lackluster because of its wording — which could perhaps cause limitations in actually prescribing the oil — but it had also been hailed as a first step in in a long legalization process.