Texas Legal Information
In June of 2015, Governor Abbot signed SB 339, The Texas Compassionate Use Act. This law 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.
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.
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A patient's prescribed medical cannabis can be dispensed to the patient’s legal representative. A minor patient must receive two separate opinions from two different doctors certified to dispense medical cannabis.
The Texas Compassionate Use Act allows access to some patients to "low-THC cannabis" through dispensing organizations which may cultivate, process and distribute this medical cannabis. SB 399 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.
Patients and their caregivers are permitted use and have low-THC cannabis for medical purposes as permitted by prescription. Medical cannabis must be purchased from a dispensary in accordance with prescription. Patients must be diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.
SB 399 allows certified neurologists qualified in treating epilepsy to write a prescription for low-THC cannabis to patients with intractable epilepsy.
Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.