Texas Original Compassion Cultivation
A tincture made by Texas Original Compassion Cultivation at its medical marijuana dispensary outside of Austin.
Legislators in the House agreed to the 5% THC limit, but the Senate cut it back to only 1%.
“It’s arguable that any form of cancer could be terminal, right? So it felt like a very arbitrary descriptor,” said Jax Finkel, the executive director of Texas NORML, a national organization seeking to legalize marijuana.
Lawmakers also increased the allowable level of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. But not by much.
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Thousands more Texans can now be prescribed medical cannabis oil with low levels of THC, the ingredient that gets people high.
When the bill was introduced, many hoped the THC limit would increase even more, to a maximum of 5%.
Though an overwhelming majority of Texans believe marijuana should be legal in some form, the final call when it comes to determining who can access it lies with the state’s elected leaders.
The law also doubled the THC limit allowable under the program from 0.5% to 1%. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the ingredient in marijuana that can produce a psychological effect.