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October 9, 2019

Breaking: DPS Suspends TCUP Application Process

The Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) website no longer has the application process for Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP) licensees on their website. In response to an email requesting more information, a representative from DPS offered the following statement: “The department is suspending the application process for licenses in the Compassionate Use Program, effective immediately. We will review the program and the need for any additional licenses again in the coming months.“ Earlier this year, our state legislature passed HB 3703, a bill providing minimal expansion of the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP). On September 16th, DPS announced that the application process would open on October 1st and run through November 1st. Yet, a week into the application process DPS has suddenly (and without explanation) suspended the T.CUP application […]
October 3, 2019

Recap: DSHS Hemp Hearing on Human Consumables

Today, the Department of State Health Service (DSHS) held a hearing for public comment regarding implementation of HB 1325, specifically relating to consumable hemp products. DSHS heard from farmers, laboratories, business owners and advocates for consumer protections. Read the comments offered by our Executive Director. Watch the hearing and public comments! Consumer protections are extremely important. While we do not want regulations to be overly burdensome for businesses, as this will raise their costs and therefore the cost of the products to consumers, it is imperative that we create some basic regulations/standards to protect the health of customers and the integrity of the product.  They are currently in an informal process so that they can preemptively look at regulation and standards so they will be prepared […]
September 26, 2019

Consumable Hemp Regulatory Hearing Scheduled

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will host a public hearing on October 3 in Austin to accept comments about the regulation of consumable hemp products (including CBD), registration and licensing as well testing for retail products. It is important to see sensible consumer protections while being diligent during the regulatory process so DSHS doesn’t create unreasonable restrictions on hemp products. If you would like to submit thoughtful input, you can do so in person or via email: [email protected]  Learn more about DSHS role in the implementation of HB 1325. Please support our crucial work! We will follow up when there is more information on this matter.
September 18, 2019

UPDATE: TCUP License Applications Are Open and DSHS Considers Condition Definition

The recently expanded Compassionate Use Act provides additional medical conditions for which low-THC cannabis may be prescribed. On September 11th, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) held a public hearing to define one of the newly added qualifying conditions, “Incurable Neurodegenerative Diseases”. You can review the draft definition HERE. In anticipation of an increase in demand for low-THC cannabis, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will reopen the application process for dispensing organization licenses on October 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2019. Applicants can find more information HERE. Patients wishing to participate should review this FAQand consult their doctor. Please support our crucial work being done during the interim! We will follow up when there is more information on this matter.
August 26, 2019

Earn CLE credits at our Texas Marijuana Policy Conference!

We are proud to partner with Texas A&M School of Law to offer continuing legal education (CLE) credit for several sessions at the upcoming Texas Marijuana Policy Conference in Austin! The Labor Day weekend event features dozens of breakout sessions, nearly 100 policy and industry experts, and several exceptional keynote speakers: Texas Senator Jose Menendez (SD 26), Marvin Washington (retired NFL player), Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, Tom Pickens III and Adrian Moore, Ph.D (Reason Foundation). Register today! The five accredited sessions are a joint product of the Texas A&M University School of Law and Texans for Responsible Marijuana, a Texas nonprofit association. While there are five hour-long sessions, two are running concurrently, so a maximum of four hours of CLE credit can be earned. The following sessions […]