Ag Commissioner Sid Miller wrote that it’s time for Texas to enter “a new chapter and a new attitude toward the use of cannabis” and its potential medical benefits.
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has written an editorial expressing support for expanding the “compassionate use” of cannabis products in Texas.
Miller began by saying that in the past, Texas’ policy on cannabis has been driven more by fear than by facts.
“In retrospect, I believe cannabis prohibition came from a place of fear, not medical science or social harm analysis,” Miller said. “Unfortunately, it’s rooted in a history of racism, classism, and a big central government with an authoritarian desire to control others. It’s as anti-American in origin as can be imagined.”
He continued by urging the state to enter “a new chapter and a new attitude toward the use of cannabis” and its potential medical benefits.
Texas lawmakers approved a medical marijuana program for epilepsy patients back in 2015. Since then, the list of people who can use it for medicinal purposes has expanded. Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill to do so in June 2021.
A 2019 law expanding the use of medical marijuana recently added patients with cancer, autism, multiple sclerosis and others to the list of legal users. Later, in 2021, an additional law expanded the application to all forms of cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder.
This law, which went into effect last September, also increased the amount of THC allowed in marijuana products from 0.5% to 1%.
Miller wrote that his goal next year is to expand access to medical marijuana in Texas so that “every Texan with a medical need has access to these drugs.”
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“I will urge our state legislature and governor to make this a top priority in the upcoming legislative session,” he said. “It’s time for all of us, including the governor, members of the Texas Legislature and others, to put aside our political differences to have an honest conversation about cannabis: where have we been, where are we going, and what is the role of government?” must play properly.”
Miller highlighted other states, including conservative ones, that have legalized medical marijuana, and other states that have legalized the sale of marijuana to all adults.
Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas currently allow the use of medical marijuana, but not for recreational use. New Mexico is currently the only state bordering Texas that has legalized the sale of marijuana. That New Mexico law went into effect on April 1.
“If we can’t craft an effective cannabis policy for Texas, we owe it to our comrades, especially those who are suffering, to lead or simply get out of the way,” Miller said.
Read the full editorial on the Texas Department of Agriculture website.
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