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Texas city’s EMS providers, FFs could be allowed to use medical marijuana

Austin leaders are considering rule changes after a Texas law approved low-THC products to treat PTSD

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By Leila Merrill

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Public Safety Committee and elected officials began considering allowing some of the city’s first responders and other city employees to use low-THC medical marijuana, KVUE reported.

The consideration follows a Texas law that adds cancer and PTSD to a list of conditions that qualify for such uses.

A memo sent to Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council members by the assistant city manager said that police officers and arson inspectors with the fire department would not be eligible because of federal firearm rules.

Those who operate commercial motor vehicles would also not be permitted, KXAN reported.

“Most people in public safety do have PTSD undiagnosed or diagnosed,” said Austin EMS Association president Selena Xie.