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March 13, 2023      4:31 PM

Public Health starts ambitious push for cannabis expansion for chronic disorders

Chair Klick says her intent is “truly to have a program based on medial science.” Meantime, some conservative groups push back, arguing it’s just the next step to legally smoking pot in Texas

Advocates testified before the Texas House Public Health Committee this morning, urging members to pass a bill expanding cannabis use for people with chronic conditions and people with “debilitating conditions as defined by the Department of State Health Services.

Chairwoman Stephanie Klick’s House Bill 1805 would also protect and raise amount from one to five percent. Senate Water, Agriculture, & Rural Affairs Chairman Charles Perry has filed companion legislation.

Numerous veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other disabilities said the compassionate use program, established in 2015, has helped with their pain.

By James Russell

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