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Texas: Affirmative Defense Legislation Pending For Medical Patients

Update: HB 2200 was left in committee and will recieve no further consideration.

Update: After hearing testimony late Monday 4/24, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee took no action on HB 2200.

HB 2200, will provide an affirmative defense regarding medical cannabis that would protect patients, caregivers, and doctors.

Affirmative defense establishes a basic set of facts surrounding marijuana possession cases. If someone with a qualifying medical condition is caught possessing marijuana, an affirmative defense for the individual would likely result in a more lenient punishment.

This bill would not legalize medical marijuana nor create safe access but would allow for patients to defend themselves if arrested with their medicine and would allow for doctors to freely discuss cannabis options with their patients without fear of losing their licenses. The bill will be considered by the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on April 24th.

It’s time Texas provided some protection for its citizens suffering from chronic diseases.  

Enter your information below and urge your Representative to vote for HB 2200.

For more information, visit https://www.texasnorml.org/



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