Texas Lawmaker Uses Special Session to Reintroduce Medical Marijuana Bill – News

One Texas lawmaker is taking advantage of a special session to resurrect the medical marijuana debate.

Last week, Governor Gregg Abbott sent out a legislative “bat signal” to state lawmakers forcing them to return to Austin on July 18 for a month long special session. The situation, which, according to ABC-affiliate KVUE, came as no surprise to all parties involved, prompted Representative Eddie Lucio III to show up this week packing a proposal aimed at establishing a comprehensive medical marijuana program.

“My staff and I are ready to consider and vote on all bills during this Special Session,” Lucio III said in a Facebook post on Monday.

“But I believe there are just as important items that must be addressed in our state, so important that I too have filed a bill crucial to so many people across the state and across our nation,” he added.

The proposal (House Bill 85) comes with almost the same language as an earlier medical marijuana bill that was not met with any level of real success during the regular session. It would legalize the “possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis” for patients…

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