AUSTIN (Covering Fort Bend News) – Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, has files a bill which seeks to make access to medical cannabis available for more patients with debilitating medical conditions, instead of it being reserved only for patients with epilepsy.
HB 209 authorizes parents to administer medical cannabis to children with debilitating medical conditions if the treatment is recommended by their physician. This bill also authorizes establishing licensed cannabis testing facilities to analyze the safety and potency of medical cannabis. In 2017, the Legislative Budget Board projected this bill to have a $9,288,521 positive impact on the state economy within two years of implementation.
“It’s time for Texas to join the other 33 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, whom all have comprehensive public marijuana/cannabis programs,” said Reynolds. “We should not be afraid or reluctant to explore new ways to provide compassionate care, cure diseases, and ease the pain and suffering of Texans, especially our veterans, critical care patients, and the elderly.
“According to a recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, only 16 percent of Texans said possession of marijuana should remain illegal under any circumstances. This is why I filed HJR 21, which proposes a constitutional amendment to allow Texas voters to decide if medical cannabis should be legal. Your voices were heard and your concerns are being addressed. This legislation is the next step in the fight. Please urge your representatives to support HB 209 and HJR 21.”