Texas Marijuana Overview

Texas medical marijuana laws have, for over a century, banned the possession and consumption of marijuana regardless of the ensuing explanations for the said possession or use of this drug. Marijuana is also known as the Indian Hemp. Its use is associated with a ‘high’ that not only affects people’s thought processes, but also has a ripple effect that affects the mental and physical well-being of individuals, who, in turn, affect the well-being and constitution of a healthy society. As of June 2015, however, Texas’ governor has signed a bill into law that will allow the exclusive use of one particular type of marijuana for medical purposes only. The law will only come into force and have similar regulations of supply as alcohol in 2017.

Historical Texan Marijuana lawsTexas marijuana for epilepsy

A century ago, in 1915, the first law, banning the possession, distribution, exchange, gift, and consumption of marijuana was legislated. The bill was first presented to the senate and the assembly of government at the time with the explanations that unregulated possession, distribution and consumption of alcohol was the primary cause of deteriorating public morality and welfare. Since then (1915), any marijuana-related activity was banned. A violation of the law would earn people stiff penalties.

Current Texas medical marijuana laws

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, approved a bill that allowed the limited use of marijuana for epilepsy treatment. The law only allows the strict use of only the non-potent form of marijuana, CBD, for treating seizures that epileptic patients experience. Studies and researches all over the world have proven that marijuana can reduce, and in some cases, stop epileptic seizures, allowing patients to live a relatively safe and fulfilling life. However, since Texas has only approved the use of CBD, which will not be enacted or implemented until 2017, Texans still feel that the law is inadequate. The higher potent form of Marijuana, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), is said to be the most effective cure of epileptic seizures compared to CBD.

Future status of marijuana laws

Some US States have recognized the important medicinal value of some marijuana compounds and, to that effect, have legislated laws that regulate the use of those marijuana compounds. In some States, patients must be thoroughly assessed by medical professionals, and given a marijuana card that allows them to possess and consume marijuana legally. Whereas Texas is still far from an open and legalized use of CBD, let alone other compounds of marijuana, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and other stakeholders are hopeful that someday, the full medicinal value of some marijuana compounds will be recognized, and that relevant legislation will be put in place.

Conclusion

Texas has had strict marijuana laws that banned any marijuana-related activity such as possession, distribution and consumption since 1915. A pleasant and hopeful change for epileptic patients came in June 2015, as Greg Abbott, Texas’ governor, signed into law a bill that allows the use of CBD compound of marijuana for epilepsy treatment. The law will come into effect in 2017, and its distribution regulated in the same manner as the distribution and consumption of alcohol. Texas is still far from regulating the use of the more potent marijuana compound, THC, for its medicinal purposes, but the CBD use signing is a good start for Texas medical marijuana laws.