AUSTIN–The House preliminarily approved a narrowly-focused medicinal marijuana bill Monday that would allow patients with one type of epilepsy to use low-THC cannabis to treat their symptoms.
Under the bill, physicians could prescribe orally-administered cannabis that is low in THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, for patients with intractable epilepsy who haven’t found success with other drugs. The House approved the measure 96-34.
The bills author, Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, said low-THC cannabis, which would likely take the form of an oil, would have no street value and couldn’t “get you high.”
Some Republicans expressed concern that the bill would open the door for broader marijuana legalization efforts in Texas. Rep. Mark Keogh, R-The Woodlands, said members would regret approving it.
“This is designed to treat epilepsy when everything else has failed,” Klick said in defense of the measure.
The bill also outlines a licensing system for dispensaries to be overseen by the Department of Public Safety.
The House could give final approval as early as Tuesday, it was approved by the Senate 26-5 earlier this month. The bill will then go to the governor to be signed.