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More Texans will have access to medical marijuana this week, but the state lags in cannabis reform

One of the few things to celebrate coming out of the past session of the Texas Legislature was an expansion of the state’s Compassionate Use Program.

new law that goes into effect Wednesday, September 1, will let people with any form of cancer or post-traumatic stress disorder legally access low-THC cannabis. They join those with conditions such as epilepsy and autism who already had access to the state’s medical cannabis program — one of the most restrictive in the country.

But before anyone declares the expansion a major victory for marijuana legalization here, let’s get a little perspective by looking at laws in surrounding states.

Texas’ four bordering states have all gone further to reform cannabis laws, from making it fully legal for recreational use, as New Mexico did this summer, to giving it substantial medical clearance, as per Arkansas, according to an analysis by the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for less-restrictive weed laws.

Louisiana this year reduced penalties for possession of small amounts to a fine not to exceed $100, and Oklahoma’s medical marijuana programs has grown into one of the largest in the country. [Read more at San Antonio Current]

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