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SENATOR KEVIN ELTIFE AND REPRESENTATIVE STEPHANIE KLICK FILE THE TEXAS COMPASSIONATE USE ACT  print page

by: Rep. Klick, Stephanie
01/23/2015

Austin, TX – This morning, Senator Kevin Eltife (Tyler) and Representative Stephanie Klick (Fort Worth) filed the Texas Compassionate Use Act to expand treatment options for people with intractable epilepsy.

Intractable epilepsy afflicts an estimated 149,000 people in Texas. Patients with intractable epilepsy can suffer hundreds of severe seizures each week. These individuals are at a higher risk for a shortened life span, excessive bodily injury, neurophyscological and mental health impairment, and social disability.

Senate Bill 339 and House Bill 892 will regulate the growth and dispensation of cannabidiol (CBD) oil, an oil extracted from the cannabis plant. Patients with intractable epilepsy have seen dramatic reductions in seizures through the use of CBD oil without exhibiting adverse reactions. As filed, these bills require this oil to not contain more than 0.5% tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) and not less than 10% CBD by weight. This level of THC, the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, is not sufficient to get the consumer 'high,' even in large doses. Leading epileptologists and neurologists from across Texas support these bills.

"Our legislation is focused on the patients, who are mostly children, who deal with these horrible seizures on a daily basis. As a parent, I can’t imagine knowing there is a safe treatment for my severely sick child but not being able to access that treatment," said Senator Eltife.

Representative Klick stated, "As a nurse, I have witnessed the devastating effects of seizure disorders, not just on the diagnosed patients, but on their families as well. Having researched the studies and talked with epilepsy experts regarding CBD oil and its effect on those with intractable epilepsy, I am convinced that the legislature must act to make CBD oil treatments available for these Texans."

Senator Eltife and Representative Klick look forward to working with their legislative colleagues to advance this legislation and bring meaningful relief to thousands of families across our state.


Contact:
Cheryl Vanek, Sen. Eltife - 512-463-0101
Bryan Shufelt, Rep. Klick - 512-463-0599

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