On June 1, the final day of his first legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott is set to sign a bill legalizing cannabis oil as a treatment for epilepsy.
The legislation, Senate Bill 339, will not legalize recreational or medical marijuana usage. The cannabis oil will only be offered to those suffering from epilepsy that have a prescription.
The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Sen. Kevin Eltife and Rep. Stephanie Klick, originally was passed through the legislative chambers last month. This came after heartfelt testimonies from parents with children suffering from epilepsy were heard.
With a reported 150,000 people in the state of Texas dealing with intractable epilepsy, the signing of this bill could benefit a very large amount of citizens.
The cannabis oil that will be offered to patients is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid that creates the euphoric feeling of being high. The oil will be high cannabidiol (CBD), which has received national media attention for its help in assisting children suffering from seizures. Texas will be joining fourteen other states that have approved some form of low-dose CBD oil laws.
According to the bill, the Texas Department of Public Safety will be in charge of creating rules for obtaining and choosing nonprofits that are approved to distribute the oil.
A public signing of the bill by Gov. Abbott will be held the afternoon of Monday, June 1.
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