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January 18, 2021

USDA Poised to Release Final Rule for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program

On January 19, 2021, the USDA will issue the first federal final agency regulation governing hemp production. A sneak peek of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) rule is available here. The final rule will become effective on March 22, 2021. Notable ProvisionsDEA Registration for Testing Laboratories Required for All Labs Testing Hemp (Even Unofficial Samples Throughout the Growing Season) This requirement remains in the final rule Given the limited number of DEA-registered labs currently, enforcement of this requirement will continue to be delayed until December 31, 2022 AMS acknowledged it received comments in opposition to this requirement, but it retains the requirement that any lab testing hemp for regulatory compliance purposes must be registered with the DEA to conduct chemical analysis of controlled substances per 21 CFR […]
December 21, 2020

2020: A Year in Review with Informed Texas

2020 has been full of challenges and opportunities. The pandemic has changed how many of us do business, or in our case, impart education. Informed Texas is proud of the flexible manner in which we have adjusted to this exceptional time in our history. This is due to the unwavering commitment of our board and the dedicated support from our network, sponsors and donors. We are excited to see how our community will continue to grow! Please make a tax-deductible donation today! Download the slideshow.
December 18, 2020

Medical Cannabis White Paper: Policy Recommendations for T.CUP

The Texas Legislature is expected to consider proposals to reform the state’s medical cannabis program during the 2021 legislative session. To help inform this process, Vicente Sederberg LLP has produced a brief white paper, which examines the effectiveness and sustainability of the current Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP) and offers policy recommendations for improving patient access, treatment outcomes, and the economic health of the program. Review the white paper!  The authors also performed a comparative analysis of the T.CUP and healthy medical cannabis programs in other states around the country. In summary, it found that, if Texas enacted the proposed policy recommendations, it would significantly increase patient registration, boost sales, and ensure the viability of the program and its existing business licensee. This larger and more […]
December 8, 2020

Racial Disparity and Social Justice in Texas (1/18/21)

Join Informed Texas for “Racial Disparity and Social Justice in Texas”, a timely examination of the intersection of cannabis and race. Our esteemed presenters will cover:  Cannabis 101 – Dr Olga Obie Texas Patient Study: What Can We Learn? – Viridiana Edwards Racial Disparity in Policing for Cannabis Possession – Carlos Caro & Vanessa Akins Social Equity: How Can We Do Better? – Christine de la Rosa Expunction Workshop – Kyle Hoelscher Panel: Medicine, Science and Research Dr Elias Jackson Dr Rita McQuire Dr Olga Obie Moderator: Anita Sommers Panel: Examining Racial Disparity and Social Justice in Texas Tamar Bibbs Chas Moore More to be announced! Register today! After the tutorial airs on 1/18/21, it will be available for on-demand replay so that you can watch […]
November 24, 2020

Texas Medical Cannabis Symposium — A CME and Policy Day (1/9/21)

The Association of Cannabis Specialists (ACS) is pleased to host the first Texas Medical Cannabis Symposium. Join ACS and get a comprehensive overview of the medicine, science, and policy issues facing practitioners, with reference to current Texas policy. This 5 hour, virtual event will feature presentations from the most notable experts and experienced cannabis specialists, including Mike Tagen Ph.D., Jordan Tishler M.D., Stacia Woodcock Pharm.D., Julia Arnsten M.D. and Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD Symposium participants will hear the following topics and have an opportunity to ask the experts questions in a moderated question and answer session.  Endocannabinoid system 101 Medical Cannabis overview CBD pharmacokinetics Cannabis Research Science on Pain/Opioid Reduction Medical Cannabis Policy Choices Additionally, patients will share their experiences with medical cannabis. Register today! BUNDLE: Option of […]