TEXAS

CBD oil only (2015)

Current Status

On June of 2015, Governor Abbot signed SB 399, the Texas Compassionate Use Act. This law allows access to some patients to low-THC cannabis. Cannabis products are considered low-THC if they contain at least 10% cannabidiol, but not more than 0.5% tetrahydrocannibinols. The state of Texas approved the medical use of such products to patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.

Another significant difference between Texas and other states’ medical cannabis laws is that SB 339 establishes a sort of parallel prescription system in which registered physicians record such information as patient dosage and amounts. This prescription would be taken to a dispensing organization to be filled. While this bill uses “prescription” physicians can only recommend cannabis under federal law.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which administers the program, has issued a proposed revision of the Compassionate Use/ Low-THC Cannabis Program administrative rules that are made publicly available. The public can make informal comments on these rules for DPS to consider in its formal rule making, which will begin on August 25, 2016.

The DPS faces a deadline of September 1, 2017 to license at least three dispensing organizations that may perform any or all of the cultivation, production, or dispensing functions. By July 2016, DPS plans to begin the Compassionate Use Register, an online database to manage licensing for dispensing organizations.

Medical Marijuana

Cannabis Grow Limit:
This will be handled by the (at least) 3 dispensaries to be licensed by September 1, 2017.

Cultivation

Allowed under SB 339

Manufacturing/Processing

Allowed under SB 339

Testing

Distribution/Dispensaries

Allowed under SB 339

CBD Oil Only is allowed in Texas as of 2015

Important Cannabis Laws

SB 339 “Texas Compassionate Use Act” (2015) : allows access to some patients to low-THC cannabis (.5%). Unlike many other CBD Laws this act also allows for dispensing organizations to cultivate, process and distribute this medical cannabis. These dispensing organizations will be overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety. All patients would have to be diagnosed with intractable epilepsy, be under the care of an authorized physician and have tried at least two FDA approved drugs prior to trying medical cannabis.

Compassionate Use Program Proposed Administrative Rules

Texas Department of Public Safety- Compassionate Use Program

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