Status: In Texas, only medically qualified individuals may possess or use CBD oil. State licensed businesses are allowed to dispense, cultivate and process low THC marijuana.
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Number of Texas Licenses Available
Texas Medical Marijuana Dispensary Application Guidelines
Medical Marijuana Businesses:
The bill required the Department to license at least three dispensing organizations by Sept. 1, 2017. The license will authorize the organizations to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis to prescribed patients. The department accepted applications for dispensing organization licenses from March 1, 2017, through March 31, 2017. The department received 43 applications and has since awarded licenses to the top 3 scoring applicants.
Program details and timeline in relation to licensing applications:
- SB 339 passed on June 1, 2015
- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will license at least three dispensing organizations
- The Compassionate Use Program Proposed Administrative Rules was published on Sept 18, 2015
- DPS will be accepting applications for marijuana business licenses until March 31st, 2017
- License winners announced in April of 2017
REQUIRED TEXAS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR DISPENSARY APPLICATION:
- Business & Operations Plan Template
- Cultivation Plan Template
- Manufacturing/Processing Plan Template
- Environmental Plan Template
- Financial Plan Template
- Fire Safety Plan Template
- Inventory Control Plan Template
- Patient Education Plan Template
- Patient Recordkeeping Plan Template
- Product Safety Plan Template
- Security Plan Template
- Staffing Plan Template
- Suitability of Proposed Plan Template
- Transportation Plan Template
RECOMMENDED TEXAS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR DISPENSARY APPLICATION:
The History of Texas Marijuana
On June 1, 2015, Gov. Greg Abbot signed SB 339– a limited medical marijuana bill- into law. Known as the Texas Compassionate Use Act, it is intended to allow some qualifying patients to access “low-THC cannabis,” marijuana that contains 10% or more cannabidiol (“CBD) and not more than 0.5% tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”). Intractable epilepsy is the only condition that qualifies. Intractable epilepsy is defined as a seizure disorder in which the patient’s seizures have been treated by two or more appropriately chosen and maximally titrated antiepileptic drugs that have failed to control the seizures.
The Texas Department of Public Safety was tasked to develop the administrative rules for the program which includes the requirements for state-regulated businesses known as “dispensing organizations” to cultivate, process, and distribute low-THC cannabis.
In 2017, H.B 2107, a bill to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program failed to pass, but was introduced by Senator Eddie Lucio III refiled H.B 2107 for Texas’ Special Session to be reconsidered for legalization.
In 2017, the first licenses to dispense, cultivate, or process marijuana to fulfill the 2015 Compassionate Care Law were granted.
On August 13, 2018, the Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT) launched the first cable ad dedicated to educating rural Texans on medical cannabis. The FIT educational campaign is a grassroots effort to ensure that the most accurate information regarding medical cannabis is available to the general public. Their ad airs on a range of networks including Fox News and MSNBC.