The possibility of a marijuana buzz seems to be the big barrier for Sen. Kevin Eltife and Rep. Stephanie Klick in passing their medical-marijuana bills. Both Republicans, they’re out to persuade a conservative Texas Legislature to allow the plant to be used to treat epilepsy sufferers.
That’s a tough vote for a Republican, and the GOP rules the roost in Austin, so the two lawmakers crafted bill language and a pitch to account for the inevitable pushback.
The legislation is titled the “Texas Compassionate-Use Act.” They probably wanted to title it the “Don’t Worry, No One Will Get the Least Bit High Act.”
That’s because the cannabis oil that could be produced and dispensed under the bill would have to be extremely low in the THC compound that produces the high for pot users. The Eltife-Klick background materials say the “extremely low” THC levels would not be “sufficient to get the consumer ‘high,’ even in large doses.”
The bills (SB 339 and HB 892) dwell on controlled THC levels, using the term “low-THC cannabis” 51 times. The bills never use the term “marijuana.” They mention the variation “marihuana” once, by way of saying no one following the new law could be busted under current pot statutes. Current laws also use the variation “marihuana.”
All of this makes we wonder why — except for the politics of getting votes — does anyone worry about a cannabis user feeling slightly euphoric?
Typically, no one really cares if prescription pills put a smile on someone’s face.