Caveat-Filled Texas Cannabis Bill Passes House and Senate

CANNABIS CULTURE – House Bill 1535, which expanded access for medical cannabis patients via the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP) passed in both the House and Senate last week. Governor Greg Abbot has yet to sign the bill, but most cannabis advocates agree he will sign “any bill that comes across his desk.” 

At least that was the consensus on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 at the first meeting of the Texas Cannabis Collective since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

Speakers at the event included Chelsie Spencer, one of the state’s premiere cannabis attorneys, and Lisa Sewell, a longstanding activist for cannabis access in Texas. 

“We saw a very limited expansion,” Chelsie said when asked about TCUP as it stands now. Spencer is co-owner of Ritter Spencer PLLC, a law firm specializing in CBD, hemp, and business law. 

“Two qualifying conditions were added which would expand [TCUP]: cancer, which was previously terminal cancer and PTSD was also added,” Spencer observed, “but compared to other programs it’s quite low.” 

Spencer indicated the increase of allowable THC for medical use from .5% to 1% doesn’t meet the same standard set by other states with more robust programs. 

Cannabis entrepreneur, Lisa Sewell, an advocate, and

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