An amended medical marijuana bill has unanimously passed the Texas house committee!

According to the Texas Cannabis Report, the bill (HB1365) expands the Texas Compassionate Use Program, giving it many more qualifying conditions.

Conditions which would now qualify for participation in TCUP include cancer, autism, PTSD, and neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Tourrette syndrome. Other diseases include Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis.

Beyond specifically designated medical conditions, the bill also covers endocannabinoid deficiency, cachexia or wasting syndrome, neuropathy, severe nausea, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, tic disorders, and any other approved medical condition or symptom caused by the treatment of a medical condition. - Tx. Cannabis Report

Previously, only those with intractable epilepsy could take part in this and only 50 doctors were allowed into the program. HB1365 raises the number of acceptable conditions as well as the number of doctors allowed to participate. While there are still a couple of more steps to it becoming law, it's well on its way!