Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Texas Legislature

Houston, TX – Texas State Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso) and Senator Jose Menéndez (D-San Antonio) each authored companion bills, HB 3785 and SB 1839, which would allow patients with cancer, seizure disorders, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, or other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana with recommendation from a doctor.

Under this legislation, qualifying patients (and caregivers) who are registered with the State may possess and transport up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana and cultivate up to six plants on private land in a secure location. Medical Cannabis Establishments (Dispensaries and Testing Facilities) are permitted to operate within the State of Texas. Dispensaries are able sell to resident medical marijuana card holders as well as non-resident medical marijuana card holders so long as the establishment is registered, pays all applicable fees, adheres to governmental oversight and quality control tests, and maintains a confidential list of all patients who have applied and have paid for a membership to purchase from that dispensary.

In a press release from Rep. Márquez’s office, she stated “HB 3785 is a significant step forward in expanding patient access to care, one that 23 other states haves taken. The law currently does not reflect marijuana’s legitimate medical use and denies access to patients, such as veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, citizens suffering with cancer and severe aliments of the aging.” Rep. Márquez said. “As a state that leads the nation in innovative medical research, Texas needs to take a scientific and reasoned approach to the known benefits of medical marijuana. We should create paths, and not obstacles, in allowing doctors to recommend medicine that has been shown to work.”

“Houston NORML applauds Rep. Márquez and Sen. Menéndez for introducing this legislation. A comprehensive approach to allow safe access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients will benefit hundreds of thousands of Texans who suffer from debilitating medical conditions.” says Jason Miller, executive director of Houston NORML. “A regulated and legal marketplace allowing patients to safely access to the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of cannabis is long overdue.”

Houston NORML will participate in a press conference in the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, March 17 along with Rep. Márquez and Sen. Menéndez as well as coalition partners from across the Lone Star State.

Houston NORML is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) organization working to move public opinion sufficiently through open and honest conversation about reforming marijuana laws to allow for the legalization of marijuana for responsible use by adults and to educate and inform the public of the medical benefits of cannabis and the dangers of prohibition. Learn more at: HoustonNORML.org

Media Contact:
Jason Miller
Phone: (713) 462-5282
Email: JasonM@HoustonNORML.org

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