The State of Weed in Texas

Cannabis sativa (Köhler)

It’s still illegal, but it could happen, and it’s ready. The 2015 Compassionate Use Act says that doctors can prescribe cannabidiol oil for epilepsy, but due to federal law, it can only be “recommended” by doctors, a pretty obvious stalemate to the cause.

Not all patients respond to CBD oil alone (where amounts prescribed by law are almost non-existent), and require the THC in addition. The group Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) believe that the low levels of CBD that the law currently allows will not do much to help those with the kind of epilepsy that the law purports to help. Such is the case in 10-year-old Alexis Bortell, whose family moved to Colorado so that she could get the medicine that stopped her seizures. She and others have shown marked improvement for debilitating health conditions after use of the oils (which made them move to Colorado). As of last weekend, she celebrated going a whole year without a seizure. Those who use it for medical use aren’t necessarily smoking it all day; it’s a regimen of administering oils. Families of the ill often turn to it as a last resort.

Hopefully, enough medical evidence will emerge in the state to get the legislature to decide to decriminalize the medical use of it once and for all. RAMP also believes that the current law need shed more light on helping patients with ailments besides epilepsy, advocating a bill that “allows the entire plant to be accessed as medicine for qualifying conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and conditions causing seizures, severe pain, severe nausea, and muscle spasms.”

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