Texas has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country, according experts who track marijuana laws. But some lawmakers from both parties are ready to change that.
In 2015, the legislature passed into law the Texas Compassionate Use Program, or TCUP. It allows doctors to prescribe marijuana-derived CBD oil for one condition, intractable epilepsy.
But challenges exist with the law: There are only three state-licensed dispensaries, and patients have to secure the recommendations from two neurologists. They also have to demonstrate that five traditional epileptic medications didn’t work.
State Sen. Jose Menendez, a San Antonio Democrat, filed a