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House Passes Bill to Expand Texas Compassionate Use Program  print page

by: Rep. Zwiener, Erin

Rep. Zwiener Coauthor on Bill

Austin, TX — Supporters of patient access to medical marijuana in Texas logged a big victory with House Bill 1365, coauthored by State Rep. Erin Zwiener, passing out of the House last week. Authored by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, HB 1365 expands the Texas Compassionate Use Program and opens up access to low-THC medical marijuana for patients with debilitating conditions such as PTSD, Alzheimer’s, autism, and muscular dystrophy. The legislation passed with a vote of 128-20.

“We know that medical marijuana can be used to treat a whole range of debilitating and chronic pain conditions,” said Rep. Zwiener. “Expanding compassionate use gives patients more options to treat their conditions and relieve their pain. I want to thank Rep. Lucio and the advocates, particularly parents of children with chronic conditions, who’ve worked so hard on this issue.”

Rep. Zwiener has focused on expanding compassionate use and the decriminalization of marijuana this session. She also coauthored Rep. Joseph Moody’s HB 63, which passed the House April 30th and lightens the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Rep. Zwiener also authored House Bill 4145 to disallow a practitioner to refuse treatment or deny a controlled substance prescription solely because the results of a drug test taken by the patient indicated THC or cannabidiol in the patient’s body.

“We are making substantial progress this session on access to medical marijuana and marijuana decriminalization,” Rep. Zwiener said. “With these bills, we can provide Texas patients with another tool to relieve pain and improve their quality of life and stop forcing sick people to break the law in order to treat their medical conditions.”

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