Will HB 3703 Finally Clear Up Confusing Texas CBD Laws?
When Texas voted to legalize hemp farming earlier this year, there was a wave of optimism that the Lone Star State would finally move forward with other forms of cannabis legalization – in particular, CBD. This compound from the cannabis plant does not have psychoactive effects, but many users tout its therapeutic benefits for everything from epilepsy and seizure disorders to anxiety and nerve pain.
But is CBD legal? That answer has never been clearly answered. It contains 0.3% THC or less, so it doesn’t produce a high. Houston police take the attitude that it’s fine to possess CBD, while travelers at DFW Airport have been arrested for possession of the oil. The Tarrant County DA has said that CBD is only legal with a prescription, but has agreed to follow new laws if they pass.
House Bill 3703 passed the Texas House in April. If Gov. Greg Abbott signs off on the bill, the legality of CBD would no longer be a gray area.
What Does HB 3703 Do?
It specifies that CBD containing .3% THC or less is legal to sell in a retail setting. CBD with .5% CBD or less could be prescribed by doctors to treat certain medical conditions.
Right now, doctors may only prescribe CBD for intractable epilepsy. HB 3703 would expand the list of ailments to include epilepsy (no longer specifically “intractable” epilepsy), seizure disorders, spasticity, multiple sclerosis, ALS, autism, terminal cancer, and incurable neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The bill does not legalize higher doses of THC in CBD, which has been legalized for medical use in other states. It also failed to include PTSD as a condition for which CBD can be prescribed by a doctor, which many veteran’s groups found disappointing.
What’s the Status of HB 3703?
As of this writing, the bill has been passed to the governor for approval. Texans are eagerly waiting to learn the bill’s fate. The prevailing opinion is that Gov. Abbott will approve it, even though he has historically opposed expanding cannabis laws. His hesitation seems to come from reports of fake CBD oils that contained no CBD at all. The governor’s colleagues believe he wants to make sure Texans are getting “the real deal”.
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Texans are ready for clearer CBD laws. CBD offers hope for many people suffering from stubborn medical conditions that resist traditional treatments. Others who take opioids to manage their pain are eager to substitute non-habit-forming CBD for their medications. Let’s hope Texas catches up with other states that recognize the therapeutic potential of CBD.
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