The Texas Representatives House on Tuesday passed a reform to minimize punishment for possession of cannabis concentrates. Legislators also approved different legislation that requires research into psychedelics’ potential therapeutic benefits for military veterans.
These efforts emerge at the start of various activities for the substance reform policy within the legislature. The House Floor is scheduled to consider other reforms that would decriminalize marijuana possession and expand the Texan medicinal cannabis measure.
The marijuana concentrates initiative would categorize the possession of not over two ounces of such products as a Class B misdemeanor. The reform advanced past the House Criminal Jurisprudence Commission during early April and was later ascended during the full chamber’s second reading, with the final ballot vote to advance it to the Senate scheduled for Wednesday 28th April 2021.
The director of the Texans For Responsible Marijuana Policy, Fazio Heather, said that with nearly thirty days remaining in the parliamentary session, they are pleased that the Texas House is approving important amendments to the area’s marijuana laws. He added that the ball is now on the Senate’s court, which historically has been a tough player.
The psychedelics research proposal sponsored by Alex Dominguez was also approved on Monday in the Public Health House Committee. The commission passed an amendment that entails changes restricting the scope of federally funded research to aim at military vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, instead of a wider list of ailments incorporated into the original reform.
The policy would require the jurisdiction to research the clinical risk and merits of psilocybin, ketamine, and MDMA for military vets in coalition with Baylor Medicine College and a military-centered medical facility. It was also changed to issue a compulsory medical trial into psilocybin for military vets with PTSD.
The Human and Health Services Committee would need to file quarterly reports about their progress.