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Marijuana advocates applauded the new law.

“Cannabis is effective medicine for many patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions,” Heather Fazio, director with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, said Friday. “HB 3703 represents a positive step toward a functional medical cannabis program, but sadly, it still leaves behind millions of Texas families that could benefit from legal access.”

The bill author, Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, is a registered nurse who ushered the state’s original Texas Compassionate Use Act into law. The sponsor in the Texas Senate, emergency room doctor Donna Campbell, said during debate their legislation was just a small expansion of the state’s current medical marijuana law.

“I’m narrowly crafting this so it gives us some assurance and so we don’t race into something with unintended consequences,” said Campbell, R-New Braunfels.

Cannabis laws were a major issue during the 2019 legislative session that wrapped up May 27. While a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana failed, lawmakers approved legislation that allows farmers to grow hemp as an industrial crop and also legalizes low-THC cannabidiol, or CBD, products. That bill was signed into law June 10 and went into effect immediately.

The governor has until Sunday to make a decision whether to sign or veto the bills state lawmakers passed this year.

CORRECTION, 12:30 a.m., June 15, 2019: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said this bill will become law on Sept. 1, 2019. It was effectively immediately upon signing on June 14, 2019.

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