Medical marijuana advocates are pushing back against new regulations that they say could severely limit the use of the drug.
A new Texas Medical Association proposal would end the state’s ban on cannabis use and could create a pathway for patients to access the drug without having to use a doctor’s recommendation.
The proposal, which has not yet been approved by the Texas Board of Medical Examiners, calls for the state to open up to medical marijuana use in the next three years, and requires that patients be able to access marijuana in dispensaries within 30 days of the issuance of a doctor order.
The proposed changes are the latest effort by medical cannabis advocates to pressure the Texas Medical Board to allow access to medical cannabis.
The medical association has also called for the removal of all restrictions on the sale of medical cannabis and for an end to the prohibition on marijuana cultivation.
In addition to medical associations, several medical groups are pushing to remove restrictions that they argue are preventing access to medicine for patients.
A petition that was filed in November by the American Medical Association, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Association of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries called for a moratorium on the use and sale of marijuana, and said it would provide a “robust system” to provide access to patients with medical conditions.