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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 […]
August 13, 2019

Texas Marijuana Policy Conference – Policy, Advocacy and Industry meet in Austin

The primary focus of this year’s Texas Marijuana Policy Conference is to share information and rally action to advance more sensible and compassionate laws in our state. This year, in addition to powerful keynote speakers, we will host three breakout plenaries focusing on policy, advocacy, and industry. Register now to secure your tickets, including opportunities to bundle and save on your conference registration and hotel room reservation! (The hotel discount expires the night of Thursday the 15th, so please don’t wait!)Here is just some of the content you can expect at this conference over Labor Day weekend: Breakout Sessions Legal and Scientific Issues in Increasing Medical Cannabis Research Sue Sisley, MD (Lead Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute) Shane Pennington (Attorney, Yetter Coleman LLP) Matthew Zorn (Attorney, Yetter Coleman LLP) Investing […]
August 2, 2019

Texas Laws: Hemp, Banking and Marijuana Possession

Since the Texas Hemp Farming Act (HB 1325) took effect on June 10th, there has been a lot of conversation around what is actually legal in the interim before the program takes full effect as well as how these changes affect law enforcement’s ability to arrest and prosecute low level marijuana possession. This has led to confusion amongst the public. We have compiled recent letters, memos and more from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Texas Department of Banking (TDB), the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an effort to help bring some clarity to this complicated issue. We will lay out […]