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Texas Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Advances

by Faith Fidura May 15, 2019

House Bill 1365 passed out of the Texas State Legislature’s House of Representatives last week to expand the state’s medical marijuana laws. If passed, the legislation would broaden the state’s current Compassionate Use Act to cover patients with a variety of diseases and persistent medical conditions.

Under the current Compassionate Use Act, patients with intractable epilepsy may qualify for low-THC cannabis which contains no more than 0.5% THC and 10% or more of CBD. texasmmjblog

House Bill 1365 would expand the program to allow patients with other medical conditions to qualify for medical marijuana treatment, ranging from PTSD, Alzheimer’s and cancer, to less severe forms of epilepsy and the tendency to be nauseous with other forms of treatment. It would also authorize the use of medical marijuana via vaping, creams, and oils. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety would be tasked with licensing at least 12 dispensing organizations by September 1, 2020 to cultivate, process, and dispense medical marijuana.

The bill would also set up a 12-member "cannabis therapeutic research program" to develop guidelines for administering medical marijuana, quality control for purity, and labeling and best practices for cultivation. The board would also determine the "appropriate formulations and dosages" for specific conditions. 

Since the start of the year, 33 bills related to reforming marijuana laws in Texas have been filed. House Bill 1365 is one of the furthest along in the legislative process and offers the most comprehensive medical marijuana program for the state. The legislation is supported by 56 state legislators, both Democrats and Republicans. We hope to see it head to the governor’s desk before the legislative session ends on May 27, 2019.

Prepare for Texas Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Applications

TXappguide-1In Texas, a dispensing organization license authorizes a licensee to cultivate, process, and dispense medical marijuana to registered patients. House Bill 1365 outlines that the state Department of Public Safety will be tasked with licensing at least 12 dispensing organizations by September 1, 2020 through an application process.

Learn what will be involved in the state’s application process with our Texas Dispensary Application Guide & Checklist. The guide provides a step-by-step checklist of over 100 action items to complete prior to submitting your application for a marijuana business license. Learn about business application topics from real estate and financial planning to staffing and team building activities.

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