Physician Senator files bill to expand access to medical cannabis oil

Posted at 8:02 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 21:02:51-05

A Texas Senator has filed a bill to provide more access for patients in need of cannabis oil.

According to a press release from the Texas Senate Office, the SB 2416 bill was filed on Friday by Senator Donna Campbell and seeks to expand the Compassionate Use Act.

“This is about recognizing the medical data that exists and providing relief for patients who have had to seek treatment elsewhere because the law we passed four years ago has been too restrictive,” Senator Campbell said. “By lifting unnecessary restrictions, patients who are suffering will have greater access to medically supervised care using prescribed cannabis oil.”

Expansions to the Compassionate Use Act, established in 2015, are intended to allow physicians across the state to register withTexas Compassionate Use Registry,  in order to prescribe medical cannabis oil with less than one percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The bill also seeks to establish an Institutional Review Board to organize and implement research on cannabis oil for medical use.

“Government doesn’t need to be in the business of determining which patients are suffering enough to be eligible for treatments. These health care decisions should be between the patient and their doctor,” said Senator Campbell.

The Texas Compassionate Use Registry was established by Senate Bill 339 during the 84th Legislature.