The Texas Legislature gave marijuana more than a dismissive thought this session.
Cannabidiol, a therapeutic extract that acts as an anti-spasmodic, was legalized in a Senate bill carried and supported by some of the Legislature’s most conservative lawmakers, including House sponsor Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth.
Under the bill, the Texas Department of Public Safety will license at least three compounding dispensaries to fill prescriptions from neurologists.
The extract is considered a leading treatment to ease repeated seizures in patients suffering from intractable epilepsy or Dravet syndrome, which mostly affects children and can trigger up to 100 seizures a day.
Some families had moved to other states to seek treatment and ease children’s seizures.
Cannabidiol is not to be confused with the better-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the extract more commonly used in marijuana products such as edibles.
A bill legalizing marijuana in Texas was actually debated and won approval in a House committee, but never made it to the floor for a vote.
Klick and lawmakers deserve praise for giving the entire topic fair and thorough consideration. Their approval showed both care and compassion for children who are in need of relief.