Marijuana reform advocates are pleased the state approved a historic medical marijuana bill that is limited in scope, but are still working behind the scenes to improve that law and work toward broader marijuana reform.
Last week, the Department of Public Safety quietly approved
new rules regulating distribution under Texas' new medical marijuana law, which legalized the use of CBD oil — a marijuana extract that can only contain trace amounts of the plant's psychoactive compound THC.
The legislation is called the Texas Compassionate Use Program, but is criticized by numerous groups that say its wording makes it impossible for doctors to recommend its use for people eligible for the program — those with severe intractable epilepsy —because it says doctors have to prescribe it, which is against federal law. Advocates also say whole-plant marijuana, THC included, is medically more effective. Reform advocates say they'll work to fix both those problems
, in addition to pursuing broader medical marijuana reform.
Texas' largest medical marijuana reform coalition called the new regulations an exciting moment for the Lone Star State.
DPS is required to license three dispensaries by September 1, 2017, along with creating a registry of physicians willing to treat intractable epileptics with low-THC CBD oil and patients who fit the criteria.
Here are the new rules, via Progress Texas