Texas to Roll Out First CBD Sales By End of Year

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In compliance with the Texas Compassionate Use Act, by Dec. 31, Knox Medical is expected to begin delivering its CBD oil throughout the Lone Star State.

Considered overly restrictive by many, the passage of Senate Bill 339 opened the door for a limited medical marijuana program in the Lone Star State nearly two years ago.

The Texas Compassionate Use Act was introduced by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) and won approval with a 26 to 5 vote in the Senate and a 96 to 34 vote in the House. Officially signed by the Texas Legislature on May 20, 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 339 into law on June 1, 2015.

Regulated and overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety, legal participation in the program will exclude any form of whole plant consumption — i.e., smoking. Instead, rather than lighting up to medicate, qualified patients will be legally permitted to access low-THC cannabis oil/extracts.

Allowed to grow, process and distribute their CBD-rich oils under the Texas Compassionate Use Act, three dispensaries have already been licensed to operate in the state, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) website:

“The bill required DPS create a secure registry of physicians who treat epilepsy for the purpose of prescribing low-THC cannabis to patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. In addition, the bill required DPS to license at least three dispensing organizations by Sept. 1, 2017, should they meet the requirements. The license authorizes the organizations to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis to prescribed patients.”

The three licensed providers of CBD oil in Texas will be Knox Medical, Surterra, and Compassionate Cultivation.

Knox Medical will be the first CBD delivery service to open in Texas. Projected to open by Dec. 31, the Florida-based company will operate their Texas subsidiary, Cansortium Texas, under the same brand name: Knox Medical. Providing Texans their first home delivery of CBD medicine, Knox does not currently have plans to open a brick-and-mortar dispensary.

As defined by Texas law, cannabis-derived medicine must not exceed 0.5 percent THC or 10 percent CBD by weight. “Prescribed” by either a neurologist or epileptologists, any patient hoping to participate In the Texas Compassion Is Use Act will need to have two doctors agree their patient would benefit from the plant’s medicinal compounds.

While Knox Medical will be the first medical marijuana dispensary to deliver CBD oil in Texas, Surterra and Compassionate Cultivation are projected to follow shortly thereafter.

Side note: While the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) licenses physicians to prescribe a host of pharmaceuticals, it still regards marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic. And according to the Nixon-era Controlled Substance Act, medical marijuana has “no currently accepted medical use.” According to NORML’s website, “When California passed the United States’ first medical marijuana program in 1996, Barry McCaffrey, then-director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, threatened to revoke the license of any physician who participated.”

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4 Comments

  1. There will be nothing sold until 2019 unless they call a special session of the legislature. The bill that is in place requires a prescription from two doctors, they can not write a prescription for a schedule one drug with out loosing their license to practice medicine. I don’t understand why you keep claiming that it will sell anything. Texas’s law is flawed and unworkable as it stands now.

    • They are already giving prescriptions for THC PILLS IN TEXAS I know this because a friend has a script for them they help an appite so he can eat although no flower is in Texas yet but the pill for T.H.C. IS the look like a vitiams E pill just darker

  2. How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

  3. I have ankylosing spondilitis. It’s 5:30 a.m. and I’m sitting on the couch, on my 41st birthday, in so much pain I almost just want to give up. Gotta be here for my wife and kids. I have taken CBD, codeine and morphine. Can’t eat, sleep or get comfortable. I’m a grown man, but some heartless politicians and big pharma businesses say that I’m not responsible enough to have THC. People, do you see a problem here? We have to do something to fix this problem. I am not going to do anything illegal. MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL! This is just ridiculous!

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