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Texas Issues First Medical Marijuana License Under State’s Compassionate Use Act

Sep 7, 2017

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Texas has issued its first medical marijuana license, and two more companies are expected to be awarded licenses soon.

Cansortium Texas, which is a part of Florida-based Cansortium Holdings, received a license Friday, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The company will be allowed to grow, process and sell medical marijuana for patients with a rare form of epilepsy.

 

The state Department of Public Safety is reviewing applications from Compassionate Cultivation and Surterra Texas.

 

Compassionate Cultivation published this statement on its website Wednesday.:

"Texas continues to make history as the Compassionate Use Act is coming online. We're very grateful to Representative Stephanie Klick, the Texas legislature, Governor Abbott and the DPS for steering this program to fruition, and are proud to say we're in the final stages of pursuing our license. We will have an announcement soon regarding our licensure and the specific timing that we can provide medicine to those suffering from intractable epilepsy."

Licenses are being issued under the Texas Compassionate Use Act, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law in 2015, legalizing the production and sale of cannabidoil. The law only allows patients with intractable epilepsy to use the oil, which doesn't produce a high. Also, patients must have a doctor's prescription and have already tried two conventional drug treatments that weren't effective.

 

The companies were selected from more than 40 applicants in May and have undergone a series of facility inspections. The three companies will pay a fee of nearly $490,000 once they're approved, and they'll have to renew that license in two years for almost $320,000.

 

The companies face strict state regulations that restrict their customer base and how they formulate the products. [The Associated Press, Austin American-Statesman]

 

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