Abbott Signs Bill To Legalize Medical Cannabis For Epilepsy

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UPDATE: Texas is the next state to “go green” after the Governor signed a bill to legalize certain aspects of medicinal marijuana as a treatment for epilepsy.

Now, the cannabis oil will only be offered as a prescription.

According to the bill, the Texas Department of Public Safety will be in charge of creating rules for obtaining and choosing nonprofits that are approved to distribute the oil.

With a reported 150,000 people in the state of Texas dealing with intractable epilepsy, the signing of this bill could benefit a very large amount of citizens.




Abbott Signals He’ll Sign Cannabis Oil Bill
by Jay Root and Aman Batheja, The Texas Tribune
May 31, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott is signaling that he will sign into law a bill allowing epilepsy patients to use medicinal oils containing a therapeutic component found in marijuana. 

Abbott issued a news advisory Sunday announcing a Monday bill signing ceremony with the authors of Senate Bill 339 — Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, and Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth. 

Under the legislation, the state would be able to regulate and distribute the oils containing CBD, a non-euphoric component of marijuana, to patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.   

Texas is one of 16 states where marijuana is illegal for medicinal and recreational use. In recent years, 13 states have legalized CBD oil for certain medical conditions. Twenty-three other states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing broader medical marijuana use.  

The bill requires the state to regulate the distribution of the medication, directing the Texas Department of Public Safety to license at least three dispensing organizations by Sept. 1, 2017, provided that at least that many applicants have met the state’s requirements. Klick said on the House floor that the dispensaries would function similar to compounding pharmacies. Under the bill, only a neurologist or epileptologist would be able to prescribe CBD oil.  

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune. 

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