Texas is identified for its strict marijuana laws— even when it comes to health-related marijuana.

This legislative session, lawmakers passed a new law that enhanced the quantity of qualifying patient circumstances for health-related cannabis use. The qualifying circumstances consist of: ALS, MS, Seizure Issues, Parkinsons Illness, Terminal Cancer, Autism.

The system permits .five % THC in its marijuana. Some marijuana advocates say it is not enough—which causes quite a few Texans searching for health-related marijuana to uncover possibilities elsewhere.

“We see households leave Texas every single day,” Natamoto mentioned.  “We get in touch with them health-related refugees.”

In the subsequent two weeks a New Mexico judge will determine irrespective of whether the language of its new state law permits out of state residents to be component of its health-related marijuana system.

When the law was updated earlier this year the wording of who qualifies as a patient changed.

The law utilized to state “residents of New Mexico.” The new law passed states “qualified individuals” contains everyone who has been diagnosed with a debilitating health-related situation and received written certification and a registration card.

Though the New Mexico Division of Health argues it is not needed to concern patient cards to out-of-state residents, Ultra Health CEO Duke Rodriguez believes that residents across state lines should really be in a position to participate in the system. So he has taken the matter to court. 

“So all of a sudden you have got potentially 29 million Texans who can appear to New Mexico to enter the system,” Rodriguez mentioned. 

Texas Senator Jose Menendez, who represents District 26, was one particular of the co-sponsors for the current health-related marijuana expansion bill, HB 3703.

He says he hopes Texas can be influenced by New Mexico to speed up expanding its system but that there are often speed bumps.

“It should really make it a lot more most likely that it will, but it is not going to be an automatic,” Menendez mentioned. “They have casinos in Oklahoma and other locations exactly where Texas does not gamble. It all depends on who is in the legislature.”

In the meantime, he hopes the New Mexico judge holds up the selection to permit out of state residents to use the state’s medical marijuana program—so Texans can have a lot more possibilities.

“It’s incredibly disappointing,” Menendez mentioned. “People really feel like they are criminals or really feel like they have to go to yet another state and come back—and run a threat.”

Governor Greg Abbott has often remained firm on his stance on legalizing marijuana in Texas or massively expanding the health-related marijuana system. 

According to the Texas Tribune, he has mentioned that expanding the health-related marijuana system could open the door to an improve in traditional marijuana usage.


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