By Staff Reports
Late Tuesday, the Senate approved a measure that would allow more individuals with chronic health conditions to participate in the state’s compassionate use program, which permits the medical use of low-potency cannabis. Originally approved in 2015 for the treatment of children with intractable seizure disorder, the program’s success shows it should be expanded to more patients, said bill sponsor and Georgetown Senator Charles Schwertner.
“As a pharmacist and a physician, I feel strongly that our limited medical program, with appropriate rules and oversight, is the right path for patients in Texas seeking symptom relief,” he said at a Monday hearing on the bill. “The evidence is starting to show – I believe there needs to be further work on that – but certainly the testimony is very strong by patients suffering some of these conditions.”