‘Cansortium Texas’ Granted First Medical Marijuana License in TX


On Wednesday, officials announced that Cansortium Texas would be the first company to receive a medical marijuana license issued by the state of Texas, after a scrutinizing review from the state Department of Public Safety.

Endorsed by the Texas Republican Party earlier this year, the GOP requested the Texas legislature update and modify the state’s 2015 Compassionate Use Act, allowing physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to qualified patients at their discretion, according to the GOP’s platform.

“Compassionate Use Act – We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.”

Legalized in the Lone Star State by the passage of the 2015 Act, the non-psychoactive CBD oil (cannabidiol) can now be legally prescribed to patients suffering from intractable forms of epilepsy.

The burden of this difficult disorder and subsequent negative impact on quality of life has triggered a parent-led movement advocating use of CBD-rich cannabis.

The burden of this difficult disorder and subsequent negative impact on quality of life has triggered a parent-led movement advocating the use of CBD-rich cannabis.

One down and two to go, the Texas Department of Public Safety is also reviewing applications from Compassionate Cultivation and Surterra Texas.

“The department has conditionally approved for licensure the top three scoring applicants. The department is moving forward with the onsite inspection of the facilities of the top three applicants to determine whether these three applicants will be issued dispensing organization licenses. Updates will be provided on the Compassionate Use Program website as the program develops.”

According to the Associated Press, the Florida-based company, Cansortium Holdings, paid approximately $490,000 for their license and will be required to pay another $320,000 to renew their license in two years. The fees are a prerequisite cost for any cannabis company looking to do business in the state of Texas.

While not whole-plant medical marijuana, the highly restricted CBD medicine will benefit countless patients in Texas suffering from debilitating seizure disorders and epilepsy.

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  1. Stephanie Bjorge on

    Anyone can get Hemp CBD, it’s legal to order online, and is being sold in brick and mortar shops in the States against Marijuana.

  2. This is a scam there is no medical cannabis program in Texas. The law as written requires a prescription. No doctor in america can write a prescription for a schedule one drug, they would loose their license. Yet they have sold a license to grow. That costs an exorbitant sum and will not allow them to sell the first ml of product. This is a scam of the Texas legislature in concert with the governor.

  3. Yes, you are correct. Everyone should know the difference between Hemp CBD and Canabis CBD. Check out the info on this link.



    Hemp CBD vs. Marijuana CBD

    CBD is produced in both hemp/fiber variety and drug variety cannabis plants. Are they the same compound? Yes, but we know from numerous studies that cannabinoids such as CBD work best when other cannabinoids and terpenoids are present, a synergy termed “the entourage effect.” Hemp is virtually devoid of other cannabinoids and terpenoids. Also, industrial hemp contains very little CBD, necessitating a large number of hemp plants to obtain what can be obtained from one CBD-rich drug variety plant. The use of a large number of hemp plants also increases the risk of toxin contamination as hemp is a bio-accumulator, drawing up toxins from soil. (Fun fact: industrial hemp was planted around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after the nuclear explosion in 1986). Most importantly, an excellent study from Israel in 2015 showed that whole-plant CBD, containing cannabinoids and terpenoids, was superior to single molecule CBD, with whole plant extract having a wider therapeutic window and better efficacy at lower doses. My clinical experience with thousands of patients confirms that whole plant CBD-rich cannabis is more efficacious than hemp-based single molecule CBD.
    How Should Patients Choose CBD Products?

    Be aware that there are a small number of hemp products on the market that are labeled “hemp” to comply with governmental regulations that require these products to have less than 0.3% THC, but they are robust with cannabinoids and terpenoids. Other products are devoid of all cannabinoids including CBD, despite the manufacturers’ claims. In 2015 and 2016, the FDA purchased a number of CBD products online and tested them for the presence of CBD and other cannabinoids, finding that the amount of CBD claimed on the labels was markedly inaccurate — some products did not contain any CBD. In states that have medical cannabis laws, it’s best to obtain products from licensed suppliers who share their test results, which should validate the product’s robust cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles. If you are obtaining hemp through online outlets, thorough research is required as there are many bogus claims being made.

  4. Useless unless it legalizes all use of medical not just cbd, which anyone can order online legally already. They need to get that corncob out of their butts and check into reality and stop trying to fool the public who knows better and more than them regarding the benefits of this plant in all forms.

  5. yeah, it looked like good news until I reached the paragraph, saying it was limited to CBD oil only, and typical recipients qualified by being epileptics. No news here really, just wishful thinking. If they allow pharmaceutical companies to get a hold on it (frog grip) they will separate all parts out and sell each for big bucks, typical patient will be robbed blind. Let citizens: grow & participate where others grow for their needs, for maintained quality, not everyone is a great farmer, or other skill as needed.

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