Gov. Abbott legalizes cannabis oil for epilepsy patients

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Monday that gives epilepsy patients access to cannabis oil.

The bill allows the use of cannabis oils that are high in CBD, or cannabidiol, to treat intractable epilepsy.

CBD is extracted from marijuana plants but does not produce a high.

Only patients who have tried at least two traditional epilepsy medications and have found them to be ineffective will have access to the cannabis oil. Patients must also get approval from two doctors.

While marijuana advocates see the bill as a victory, Abbott repeated Monday that medical and recreational marijuana will not be legalized in Texas while he's in office.

Other measures that would make medical marijuana more widely available failed to make it out of the legislature.

More than 20 states allow some form of medical marijuana.

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