Medical marijuana expansion could happen, Texas Speaker says

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — There’s a small chance medical marijuana could be expanded in Texas — legislation at the State Capitol got a second wind Wednesday after efforts stalled for weeks.

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, says he’s optimistic about negotiations in the Senate, despite the fact that his counterpart, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he was very much opposed to a bill decriminalizing marijuana.

But Bonnen feels favorable in regard to expanding medical marijuana.

The specific bill by Representative Stephanie Klick is now scheduled for a Senate hearing this Friday.

It would establish a low-THC cannabis research program and would allow patients with epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and spasticity to have low-THC cannabis prescriptions.

Lawmakers have 12 days left before they leave town and Bonnen says he expects some progress on this issue to become a reality.

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