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
In Texas, a Dispensing Organization license authorizes an organization to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis to prescribed patients.
Application Fee: $6,000
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.
There are no limitations stated in the Texas Compassionate Use Act regarding the number of dispensing organization licenses to be awarded. The Act allows for a market-based system, where the number of licenses and location of dispensing organizations are based on market factors such as patient population. As the program grows, new licensing opportunities may become available.
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
Medical Marijuana Program Overview:
On June 1, 2015, Gov. Greg Abbot signed Senate Bill 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, the first licenses to dispense, cultivate, or process marijuana to fulfill the 2015 Compassionate Care Law were granted.
On July 14, 2019, House Bill 3703 was signed into law to expand the state’s medical marijuana program. The bill slightly expands the list of qualifying medical conditions and requires the approval of one physician instead of two to become a registered patient.
House Bill 3703 will help the existing medical marijuana program grow 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. As a result, the state will experience an increased patient demand and may determine it is necessary to license additional medical marijuana businesses in the future.
Qualifying Medical Conditions: Intractable Epilepsy, All Seizure Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Spasticity, ALS, Autism, Terminal Cancer, and an Incurable Neurodegenerative Disease
June 1, 2015 – Senate Bill 339 was signed into law
September 18, 2015 – Compassionate Use Program Proposed Administrative Rules published
January 10, 2016 – Administrative Rules take effect
March 1, 2017 – Department began accepting applications for Dispensing Organizations
March 31, 2017 – Application submission deadline for Dispensing Organizations
May 2017 – Department awarded Dispensing Organization licenses to top 3 scoring applicants