ByInternational Business Times | May 18, 2015
Texas took a very small step toward legalizing medical marijuana that some advocates say could do more harm than good. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature voted Monday to approve Senate Bill 339, a measure that would allow doctors to prescribe cannabidiol, a marijuana-derived product with very little tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in it, to patients suffering from extreme, chronic seizures.
SB 339 has now passed both chambers of the Texas legislature, which means the bill will soon head to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. But despite the fact that this was the first time a medical marijuana bill has made it this far through Texas’ legislature, marijuana advocates’ support for the bill’s passage was tepid. “On a certain level, the legislature should be commended for acknowledging the medical value of marijuana,” Heather Fazio, the Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, said. “It is an historic vote in that sense.”
Yet Fazio also pointed out that the bill’s passage would do little for the people it ostensibly serves. “Not a single patient will be helped by this legislation,” Fazio said.