State Rep. James White, a conservative representing southeast Texas, is the most recent joint-author of HB 2107, a bill that would make the Compassionate Use Program, Texas’ unreasonably restrictive medical cannabis program, more inclusive for patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions.
The Texas Compassionate Use program was passed into law in 2015 and is currently being rolled out by the Department of Public Safety. If left unimproved, the program will struggle to provide adequate access for even the limited patients it’s designed to benefit. (See program overview here.)
Texas House Bill 2107 (and Senate companion SB 269) would correct the flawed provision which requires doctors to break federal law in order to provide access to their patients. The bill would also make the program more inclusive by adding to the list of qualifying conditions, lifting the arbitrary restriction on THC (a proven therapeutic component of the cannabis plant), and providing protections for patients using cannabis legally under the program.
Rep. White joins Rep. Jason Isaac, a conservative from central Texas, as a joint author, giving Rep. Lucio III’s bill the kind of conservative support it needs to advance in the legislature.
Contact your legislators now to encourage their support of compassionate access to cannabis for patients with debilitating medical conditions!