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US (TX): Lawmakers vote to allow MMJ as opioid alternative

Texas lawmakers approved a bill on Monday that would allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis to patients if they have a condition causing chronic pain that would otherwise be treated with prescription opioids.

The legislation from Rep. Stephanie Klick (R)—which would also replace the THC cap that was established under the state’s existing limited medical cannabis law—cleared the House Public Health Committee about a week after members took testimony on the proposal in an initial hearing.

This development comes weeks after a separate House committee unanimously approved a bill to decriminalize cannabis possession in the state while providing a pathway for a records expungement.

The medical marijuana expansion legislation, meanwhile, would replace the one percent THC cap for cannabis oil from with a volumetric dose of 10 milligrams. As introduced, the bill would have increased the limit to five percent THC content, but the committee adopted a substitute amendment that contains the switch to the volumetric dose method.


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