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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 recently posted proposed amendments to the Compassionate Use / Low-THC Cannabis Program administrative rules. The proposed amendments included enhancements to safety and security requirements, and more specific requirements for testing and waste disposal. An informal comment period ran through June 24, 2016.  We received thoughtful, relevant comments that will be considered in the revised rules that will be presented to the Public Safety Commission at its August 25, 2016 meeting as part of the formal rule making process.

The following are tentative dates for program development:

Please continue to visit this webpage for updates.