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Why Cannabis Legalization is not an Imminent Possibility in Texas—Part 1

Why Cannabis Legalization is not an Imminent Possibility in Texas—Part 1

July 03, 2018, Texas

Recent progressions on cannabis policy in several conservative states have also given hope to marijuana activists in Texas. The Lone Star State has always been known for its conservative tendencies, considered a Republican stronghold for emerging red in the last many elections now. 

Amid high hopes of cannabis proponents, it is still a long way to go for marijuana to become legal for recreational use in the state. There are many reasons that factor in to make it an uphill task. In this two-part article series, we will try to discuss all the obstacles that are in the way of blanket legalization in Texas. 

Local Lawmakers Despise Cannabis  

Local Lawmakers Despise Cannabis

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A strong cannabis opposition exists in local legislatures even in the states where marijuana has become legal. However, the situation in Texas is different altogether. The levels of cannabis animosity exist in the legislature is unparalleled. Many of its former and incumbent lawmakers hate cannabis to a very great degree. 

House representative Pet Sessions of North Dallas is a living example of this cannabis opposition. Pet chairs the state’s house committee on rules. He has blocked several proposals intended for legal medical businesses. Due to his strong opposition, local MMJ businesses couldn’t avail regular banking services and neither can they apply for tax relief schemes like other legal ventures. 

Pete’s enmity towards cannabis doesn’t end here. He has even introduced amendments to block access of medical cannabis to veterans. In a recently held summit, he misled the audience by drawing parallels between the use of cannabis and opioids. There are many Texan lawmakers like Pete Sessions who are making recreational cannabis legalization an unlikely scenario. 

Extremely Difficult Access to CBD Oils  

CBD is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis primarily used in the manufacturing for MMJ medications. Restrictions from MMJ board of the state have made it difficult for patients and their caregivers to access CBD oils. In this situation, hoping that the state will legalize the strain full of THC is just farthest optimism. 

Discouraging Physicians to Become Part of MMJ Program  

Discouraging Physicians to Become Part of MMJ Program

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Texas is the only state where physicians are required to get registered with the Department of public safety in order to become eligible to make MMJ recommendations. Therefore, the majority of them are staying away from the state’s medical cannabis program. By the end of last year, only seven doctors in the entire state have the permission to recommend MMJ treatments.  

Even Existing Laws are on the Block  

In Texas, even current laws governing medical marijuana program is under severe strain from the Department of State Health Services. John Hellerstedt, the department’s commissioner, has written an open letter for lobbying against CBD extracted from hemp. This hemp extract is used in many MMJ products. If the ban materializes, then every retailer in the state will be required to return his products for inspection. This means only one thing i.e. MMJ dispensaries will have empty shelves of CBD products for an unspecific time period. 

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3 thoughts on “Why Cannabis Legalization is not an Imminent Possibility in Texas—Part 1

By Hkfarthing on 10 July 2018

I am a born and raised Texan. When I was younger I was proud of my state. But as a democrat, all I can do is hang my head in shame for what the law makers are doing to the people living or visiting in our great state. This article is spot on in discussing the underlying hatred towards marijuana in my state. Bible Belt beer drinking rednecks who regularly drive while drinking, Buy a twelve pack of beer for the ride home each evening but think that people who use marijuana are druggies out to harm our children. But what harm is daddy doing night after night of beer drinking, ignoring the kids while he watches the game. He ignores his wife as she washing dishes and laundry and he sits in his recliner nursing his fifth beer out of his nightly 12 pack?? Texans can be quite stubborn and easily stuck in their ways. Until people can really HEAR what we are saying as we fight for legalization rights from a group of citizens and law makers who have made their minds up many years ago. Pot use is also something commonly attributed to Hispanics and African Americans or other minorities. The white middle class views marijuana use as something only the socioeconomic classes below them do. And despite all the research that supports medical marijuana, a huge majority do not support legalization of even the CBD products. One of our pegislators claimed that marijuana use is as bad as opiates. These are the same people who believe global warming is a hoax. Denying those of us the right to obtain medical care is being kept from me. I feel discriminated against by our government and I worry that we may not be able to galvanize the troups the fall but come on guys/y’all!!! Midterm elections count!!

By donald on 10 July 2018

hkfarthing is right this whole texas politics is an embarrassment

By jones on 10 July 2018

hkfarthing is right this whole texas politics is an embarrassment

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