Texas rolling out new medical marijuana program – but can anyone participate?
Last update: January 2, 2018
Texas has selected three companies to operate medical cannabis businesses in the state. Each serves as cultivator, processor, and dispensary for those patients in Texas who qualify.
Unfortunately, it is unclear if the system will be functional. Only those who suffer from serious seizure conditions may participate, leaving behind a huge number of Texans who could benefit, such as cancer patients, those suffering from PTSD, and many who will otherwise have to rely on opioid-based medicine. And many are concerned that doctors will not participate in significant numbers. State law requires physicians to write prescriptions for marijuana products, yet prescriptions for cannabis are clearly illegal under federal law, placing doctors at potential risk. So far, only a handful of doctors have signed up.
Efforts to amend the law to avoid problems for doctors and improve the program in other modest ways have not been successful. After years of promises by some state lawmakers, the state continues to under-deliver for its patients. Stay tuned as the program continues to roll out. For the very latest, visit the website of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.
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