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Compassionate Use Program

The Texas Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339) was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott and became effective June 1, 2015. The bill requires DPS to create a secure registry of physicians who treat epilepsy, and of patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. In addition, the bill requires DPS 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.

Administrative Rules Update

The department is continuing to review the proposed amendments to the administrative rules for enhancements to the safety, security, testing and waste disposal requirements. The revised amendments to the rules will be presented to the Public Safety Commission at its October 13, 2016 meeting, as part of the formal rule making process. Once approved by the Commission, the proposed amendments will be published in the Texas Register for public comment.

The following are tentative dates for program development:

Please continue to visit this webpage for updates.