The Dallas Morning News says, the Texas House passed a bill to expand the state’s medical cannabis program by raising the amount of THC that can be in cannabis products and adding chronic pain to the list of illnesses that qualify. Under the plan, the amount of THC in medical cannabis sold in Texas would go from the current cap of 1% to 10 milligrams per dosage unit.
The bill would let people with pain who would normally get an opioid prescription get medical weed instead.
State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R), who is also a nurse, told the Morning News that people have “been trying to cut back on opioid use for a number of years.”
The last time the program was changed was in 2021, when a bill was passed to add PTSD and cancer to the state’s list of qualifying illnesses.
The House still needs to vote on the bill once more before it can go to the Senate. The House passed the bill with a vote of 127-19.