The 87th Texas Legislature is in session through Monday. We are in the final stretch of a hard-fought mission to reform marijuana laws!
Medical Cannabis – HB 1535
Rep. Stephanie Klick has accepted the Senate amendments to HB 1535 and the watered down medical cannabis bill is on its way to Gov. Abbott’s desk. It’s a bittersweet moment for us. My quote in the Texas Tribune sums it up:
Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, lamented that the proposal in its final form was “unreasonably restrictive,” despite wide bipartisan support for legalizing cannabis.
“While we are glad to see the Compassionate Use Program being expanded, it’s disappointing to see Texas inching forward while other states, like Alabama for example, are moving forward with real medical cannabis programs,” Fazio said. “It’s doing so little and we wish [lawmakers] were doing more.”
Hemp – HB 3948
Rep. Tracy King’s HB 3948 creates an important licensure process for research, cleans up some language for Texas farmers, allows hemp feed, and more. Led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patric and Sen. Charles Perry, the Senate added an amendment with language addressing “synthetics,” which strictly limits Delta-8 products. A conference committee has been established for negotiations.
They’ll meet sometime soon and their report must be filed by TONIGHT at midnight. Then the House and Senate must vote on and agree to the conference committee report by tomorrow at midnight. We’ll send updates as they are available.
Because we oppose prohibition, I encourage you to contact your legislators about this bill and ask them to remove the Delta-8 language. Regulating Delta-8 and all THC is a much better approach.
(Update HB 2593 Conference Committee striped the Delta-8 language! Their report has been filed in the House and Senate. More info here.)
End of Session Party! (Monday in Austin)
However the chips may fall, we’re proud of the work done by advocates across the state!
Join us in Austin on Monday for an End of Session Party!
Admission is FREE. We’ll have live music, food, and we’re raffling off two pairs of tickets to see Willie Nelson LIVE in Austin this summer!