Fort Worth Republican state Rep. Stephanie Klick had proposed letting Texans with multiple sclerosis, spasticity and any form of epilepsy use the oil, which comes from the hemp plant, which is related to the marijuana plant.
The Senate, under New Braunfels Republican Donna Campbell, took that plan and expanded it even more, adding seizure disorders, terminal cancer, autism and ALS as other conditions that should merit the use of the oil.
That still isn’t enough for some.
“We are grateful for Sen. Donna Campbell’s leadership and the expanded access this bill offers,” said Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. “But so many patients are still being left behind.”
The measure still needs final approval from the House before being sent to Gov. Greg Abbott for consideration.
State lawmakers have until May 27 to pass new laws. The governor has until June 16 to sign or veto measures or they automatically become law. [Read more at Fort Worth Star-Telegram]