AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott has announced his support for a proposed law that would make it easier for certain people to access low-THC medical marijuana in Texas.
"Veterans could qualify for medical marijuana under new law," tweeted Abbott. "I will sign it."
Veterans could qualify for medical marijuana under new law.
I will sign it.https://t.co/KkoC15Ur66
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 11, 2021
Currently, the Compassionate Use Progam is limited to patients with epilepsy, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, terminal cancer, and an incurable neurodegenerative disease. The new law would allow a physician to prescribe low-THC cannabis to patients suffering from PTSD or chronic pain, which are common among veterans.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, between 11-20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF) have PTSD in a given year. For Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans that number is 12%. The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) from the 1980s found that 30% of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
How low is low-THC?
According to texas.gov, low-THC comes from the plant Cannabis Sativa L, which contains no more than 0.5% by weight of THC.