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Texas Expands Medical Marijuana Program

by Faith Fidura June 26, 2019

On June 14, 2019 Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3703 into law, a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program by allowing more qualifying patients to join the program and by making the process to become a registered patient easier.

The new law will add all seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, ALS, autism, terminal cancer, and an incurable neurodegenerative disease as qualifying medical conditions. It will also amend the patient registration process to require the approval of one physician instead of two to become a registered patients.

Previous state law only allowed patients with intractable epilepsy to qualify for medical marijuana treatment. In Texas, medical marijuana products are limited to contain no more than 0.5% THC and must have 10% or more of cannabidiol (CBD).

With the addition of these medical conditions, the state will see an increase in their medical marijuana patient count. The state’s medical marijuana law allows the Department of Public Safety to make additional dispensary licenses available if a need for more is determined by increased patient demand.

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TXappguide-1In Texas, a dispensing organization license authorizes a licensee to cultivate, process, and dispense medical marijuana to registered patients. Get ahead of the game and begin preparing for when the state determines there is a need for additional dispensary licenses.

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