2020-21 Improvements and Recommendations

HB 1535 was passed by the Texas legislature in June and went into effect in September. The bill raised the maximum THC content allowed in medical cannabis products from 0.5% to 1%, it also added cancer and PTSD to the list of qualifying conditions. Earlier versions of the bill also included chronic pain which is the number 1 reason patients are recommended cannabis and would have increased the population who would have had access to medical cannabis significantly. While the addition of chronic pain would have been preferable to its exclusion, ASA recommends that Texas strikes its qualifying condition list entirely in favor of allowing doctors and patients to make treatment decisions together.

Texas saw substantial growth in their tiny CBD oil registry. With just over 1,100 new registrations, the program grew about 46% since our last report. Two retailers are now open in the state, both are located in Austin. State legislators should address this critical lack of access. For a state as large as Texas, two retailers in a single city won’t cover it even with the registry as small as it is.