A new Texas Marijuana Ad that hit the airwaves this August could potentially signal that both the public opinion and political debate on legalization of cannabis are shifting in Texas. At a convention in June, 80 percent of Texas delegates voted for decriminalization of marijuana. Currently, medical cannabis is only available to less than 1% of Texans and according to reports, last year the Texas legislature saw 78 legislative sponsors of HB 2107—the comprehensive, medical cannabis bill and a recent poll conducted by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune found that 84% of Texans agree with some form of general, marijuana legalization. The Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT) ran the educational cable ads to rural Texas.
To date, the Compassionate Use Act, relates to the medical use of low-THC cannabis and the regulation of related organizations and individuals; requiring a dispensing organization to obtain a license to dispense low-THC cannabis and any employee of a dispensing organization to obtain a registration; authorizing fees. The act, legalized the sale of a specific kind of cannabis oil for Texans with intractable epilepsy. Medical marijuana has been reported to help with symptoms of Crohn’s disease, chronic pain, seizures and PTSD.
Three dispensaries have since opened in Texas to produce and sell the oil in which the law only allows a dosage that can’t exceed more than 0.5 percent of THC and not less than 10 percent of cannabidiol. Only about 21 doctors in Texas are registered to prescribe Medical marijuana.