Thousands of families praise Gov. Abbott for supporting hemp oil

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WASHINGTON, DC (Coalition for Access Now) – The Coalition for Access Now – a non-profit coalition representing thousands of families petitioning for access to therapeutic hemp oil nationwide – released the following statement in support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott passing TX SB 339, which would legalize access to hemp oil therapies in the State of Texas.

“On behalf of the thousands of families who have been suffering from lack of access to hemp oil therapies for our ailing children, I would like to thank Governor Abbott for helping Texas families by signing TX SB339 into law.

Legalizing low-THC hemp oil for seizure disorders has given children and their families new hope and better chance at life,” said Coalition Founder Page Figi.

“While our fight is far from over, we are encouraged by states who have acted quickly to recognize this dire need, and we will continue to work to change federal law to allow researchers and all ailing families with the access they need. Allowing access now hurts nobody and helps so many.”

The statement comes just weeks after U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Therapeutic Hemp Medical Access Act of 2015 (S. 1333) in the Senate, following Congressman Scott Perry’s introduction of the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2015 (H.R. 1635) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

S. 1333 and H.R. 1635 are rapidly gaining support from both sides of aisle since their introduction, with nearly 50 Members of Congress – including notable leaders such as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) – who have added their voices in the fight to legalize hemp oil.