Texans love to get their fix gambling in Oklahoma, but a newly proposed Oklahoma bill may allow Texans to get a different fix from our neighbors as well.

According to a report from the Dallas ObserverOklahoma House Bill 2022, would allow Texans and non-residents who have an Oklahoma-issued medical marijuana card to purchase marijuana in Oklahoma.

Despite our best efforts, Texans have not been able to sway the state to further expand marijuana use for recreational purposes, and the state remains one of the most restrictive for medical marijuana use.

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In 2015, Texas passed the Compassionate-Use Act, which allowed the first legal use of low-THC cannabis products in the state for patients with intractable epilepsy. It was expanded in 2019 to include other conditions, but meeting the qualifications is extremely difficult.

The Compassionate-Use Act does not include a large portion of Texans who would qualify in other states for a medical marijuana card. Plus in order to retain your medical marijuana card in Texas, you must meet and follow-up with your prescribing physician monthly.

Then there's the fact that Texas defines "low THC cannabis"  as a cannabis plant or derivative that contains less than .5% of tetrahydrocannabinols by weight." For reference, hemp is defined as " cannabis plants and derivatives consisting of less than .3% tetrahydrocannabinols by weight." Meaning you won't be getting any type of "high" with numbers that low.

Under Oklahoma House Bill 2022, in order to obtain a non-resident medical marijuana card you must be 18 years of age or older and obtain a recommendation from an Oklahoma physician. The cost for a temporary non-resident medical card would be $200, and would be valid for 2 years.

With Texas marijuana possession charges dropping, you can bet that you'll see Texans making the drive to Oklahoma for ganja.

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