Cannabis Regulatory Update: Texas, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire, And Tennessee – Benzinga

Texas House Sends Psychedelics Research To Governor’s Desk 

The Texas House approved a budget amendment to the psychedelics research bill advancing it to the Governor’s desk. 

The bill, HB 1802, requires the Department of State Health Services and Texas Medical Board to research the medical benefits and efficacy of psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine when treating various mental health disorders and other ailments. The study will be conducted in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and will focus on veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Some of the other disorders include chronic pain, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, PTSD and migraines. Under the bill, the Health Department is expected to submit the results of the research with recommendations for further legislative actions on December 1, 2022.

Connecticut Cannabis Legalization Bill Backed By The Governor Passes Another Committee 

The Connecticut cannabis legalization measure supported by Gov. Ned Lamont passed another committee, possibly opening the doors for a floor vote in the coming week, reported Marijuana Moment.

The bill was approved in a 29-18 vote by the Appropriations Committee, following the approval of the Judiciary Committee in May. 

In addition to this bill, backed by Lamont, there is also another legalization proposal sponsored by Rep. Robyn Porter. The Porter-backed bill is praised by supporters for its social equity clauses. 

Legislative leaders still hope to come up with a combined bill that would be supported by both the governor and lawmakers.  

“House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D) said on Tuesday that the plan was to reach an agreement by the week’s end, with the expectation of ‘acting on it sometime next week’ in the Senate.”

Earlier this month, Lamont noted that if a legalization measure doesn’t get enacted this year it could reach the voters, reported the outlet. 

Illinois Senate Advances Cannabis Equity Licensing Bill To Governor’s Desk 

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