FOX 44 reports the Texas House Public Health Committee held hearings about a bill that would make the state’s medical cannabis program bigger. The measure would make it possible to buy products with up to 5% THC. Under the law as it stands, patients can only get low-THC products with up to 1% THC.
The measure is partly meant to stop the spread of hemp-based THC products like delta-8, which some people who use medical cannabis depend on because the state’s medical cannabis program has low THC limits. Delta-8 THC products are not regulated in the state, but delta-9 products are on the state’s list of controlled substances.
David Urbanowicz, vice president of external affairs for the seed-to-sale tracking company Metrc, told FOX 44 that “there’s no safeguard in place” for delta-8 products.
“Delta-9 is what we’re talking about when we talk about the medical program, and it’s all very tightly regulated.” Most states require tests from a third party. It has to pass those tests before it can be sold to the public. So, again, this is much, much safer and usually much better regulated,” stated Urbanowicz.
The committee did not vote on the bill yet. The Senate has a bill that is the same as this one, but it has not been sent to any of the committees in that chamber, according to a report by Ganjapreneur.