Marijuana Dispensary in Texas
Marijuana dispensary in Texas: Texas Marijuana Program has approved low-THC cannabis products. Low-THC marijuana contains at least 10 percent CBD, or cannabidiol, although not more than 0.5 percent THC. These MMJ products, such as oils, are approved for individuals suffering from intractable epilepsy, which can cause seizures that are not treatable with traditional drugs. The patient can only be prescribed low-THC cannabis if two other drugs are found to be ineffective.
The first Texas dispensary will not be licensed until June 2017. License applications will not be finalized and available to companies until this summer. The initiative to expand the Texas medical marijuana program did not make the ballot for the 2016 vote in November.
The 84th Texas legislative session was historic in the movement to improve marijuana laws in the Lone Star State. All told, there were five bills that would have reduced penalties for possession of marijuana, one of which would have completely legalized access for adults. In addition, there were four bills to provide legal access to medical marijuana. A very limited medical marijuana bill — now the Compassionate Use Program — was signed into law, but is unlikely to function without significant changes. Nonetheless, it is a strong sign that the state legislature recognizes the medical benefits of marijuana for seriously ill patients.
People are currently working to draft and earn support for a bill to be introduced next year that will make the Compassionate Use Program more inclusive. Currently, most patients are left behind. The goal is to make the program more inclusive by:
- allowing access for patients suffering from other debilitating conditions;
- lifting the cap on THC, given its therapeutic value for so many patients; and
- fixing the flawed language from last year’s bill that unnecessarily puts participating doctors at risk. Under the current law, doctors would have to “prescribe” cannabis, rather than “recommend” it, which is how all workable programs operate throughout the country.
Meanwhile, Rep. Joe Moody previously proposed a key bill, which would have replaced criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana with a civil fine of up to $250. Despite a powerful hearing in support of this sensible bill, HB 507, it fell short when time ran out at the end of the session. The bill would have allowed individuals to avoid arrest, possible jail time, and the stigma of a criminal conviction for possessing a small amount of marijuana. We expect a similar bill will be introduced during the next session in 2017.
Find out how to open a Marijuana Dispensary in Texas. At Denver Consulting Group, we can help you secure your marijuana dispensary in Texas. We’ve handled licensing applications for virtually every state with a legal program, including in Colorado, New York, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, Minnesota, Maryland, and Illinois. Texas will probably have one of the most comprehensive and complicated medical marijuana licensing regimes in the country. Consequently, Texas medical marijuana businesses should start preparing now for this future of extremely robust regulation. Call us now to secure your Marijuana Dispensary in Texas.
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