Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a bill Monday legalizing the limited use of marijuana extracts for severe forms of epilepsy.The law allows the use of cannabis oils that are high in CBD, or cannabidiol, a non-euphoric compound found in the marijuana plant, and low in THC — the main psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana associated with the “high” sensation — to treat intractable epilepsy. The state will oversee the regulation and distribution of the cannabis oils, which are only available to patients who have tried at least two traditional epilepsy medications and have not found them to be effective. The patient must also get the approval of two doctors before being able to take advantage of the new law.
While marijuana policy reformers are critical of laws like the one signed today for not providing fuller access to medical marijuana, Heather Fazio, Texas political director for Marijuana Policy Project, still saw today as a historic moment for Texas.