The Politics of Cannabis in Texas
In 2015, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the Compassionate Use Act, a measure which legalized the sale of a specific kind of cannabis oil for a small group of Texans: epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication. During last year’s legislative session, more than 75 lawmakers signed onto a bill that would’ve expanded the Act. It never reached the House floor for a vote. Abbott has previously said that Texas lawmakers won’t approve legislation that would legalize marijuana, but what does that mean for expanding the use of medical cannabis? Cities such as Austin are bastions of blue, but Texas is solidly red for 2018 and the near-term future. What do these political realities mean for the cannabis industry in the state and for emerging entrepreneurial opportunities?