Texas Senator Jose Menendez, a Democrat who represents the San Antonio area in District 26, has pre-filed a medical cannabis bill for the 2019 legislative session which he describes as “comprehensive and compassionate.” He filed similar bills in 2017 and 2015.
Menendez’s office released a statement today on SB 90:
To alleviate suffering for thousands of Texas patients, Senator Jose Menendez filed Senate Bill 90, a comprehensive and compassionate medical cannabis bill. If passed, Texas would become the 33rd state to offer medical cannabis for qualifying patients. The proposed legislation would increase the number of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP). Senate Bill 90 would also allow doctors to treat medical cannabis like any other medicine.
“Doctors, not politicians, should determine what is best for Texas patients,” said Senator Menendez. “Studies have proven that cannabis is a legitimate medicine that can help a variety of Texans including, individuals suffering from opioid addiction, veterans coping with PTSD, cancer patients, and people on the Autism spectrum. Texas should provide real relief for our suffering patients.”
“Patients should not be arrested for using a medicine that is legal in every state that borders Texas, including conservative states like Oklahoma and Arkansas,” said Senator Menendez. The legislature must act and provide medical freedom to those who need it the most.”
Senator Menendez has demonstrated he is a leader on this issue, having filed medical cannabis legislation in the previous two sessions, Senate Bill 1839 in 2015 and Senate Bill 269 in 2017. He was also the co-author of the landmark Senate Bill 339 which allowed for limited cannabis use for people with intractable epilepsy.”