The Texas House has approved a bill that would expand the state's medical marijuana laws to cover many more patients with a variety of different ailments and diseases.

"There are countless Texans enduring insurmountable pain as they battle diseases like cancer, autism and PTSD," Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, said as he introduced his bill late Monday evening.

"This is undoubtedly a complex bill, members. But it has taken countless hours of time to develop a system we believe would work best to serve those in need. By combining needed patient protections and a comprehensive research component, this bill provides a framework to improve the lives of countless Texans in the near future."

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Lauren McGaughy ~ DallasNews.com ~

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