US (TX): County Board considering medical cannabis opt-out

Gov. Tate Reeves signed the medical cannabis bill into law on Wednesday, Feb. 2. After that, governments have a 90-day window to opt out of the program. The Lamar County Board of supervisors is considering the option.

“The board actually, or local governments, would have the option to opt-out of any or all of either processing, growing, cultivating or selling. Now they could opt out of all of that or any one of those,” explains Board Attorney Jody Waits.

“They’ll actually make that decision at our March 24 board meeting. In the meantime, they’re asking or inviting citizens to provide input. They’re also welcome to call their supervisor of their district and discuss it with them as well, but they’re seeking input so they can make a decision that can have a profound impact on our community for generations to come,” Waits says.

Over in Forrest County, the board is welcoming the program. “Over 70% of voters supported medical cannabis, and the board is pleased that the state took their time in assuring the law allows our more than 400 local physicians to have this as a treatment option for those who can benefit from its use,” says Board President David Hogan in a statement to WDAM.

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