Texas Expanding Medical Marijuana Program

Whether it’s post-traumatic stress disorder or cancer, marijuana can treat many ailments. However, if you live in the state of Texas, qualifying for medical marijuana is challenging.

But starting on September 1, the Texas Compassionate Use Program–a program that allows the use of low-THC products to treat certain diagnoses and side effects–will expand to include people with PTSD and cancer of all stages.

Instead of smoking illegal marijuana to consume THC, the program allows participants to try legal oils and edibles for three months. Participants will consume the same amount of THC as they would from smoking, but the quantity will be smaller because oil is more potent than smoke.

The state’s cannabis program treated fewer than 6,000 people as of May, but the new expansion will help an estimated 114,000 Texans who have cancer and PTSD, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Because the program had previously been so narrow, Texans seeking medical marijuana treatment had to move out of state to receive medical marijuana. But Jax Finkel, the executive director of Texas’ chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, hopes that expanding the state’s medical marijuana program will keep patients in Texas and help them access safe and regulated cannabis.

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