Texas Compassionate Use Program
In 2015, the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP) was authored by Republicans in both the state House and Senate. It passed out of the Senate 30-1 and out of the House with more than a super majority. Governor Abbott held a signing ceremony to bring this important program into effect. In 2016, TCUP was added to the Texas GOP Platform as Plank 165.
TCUP provides low-THC cannabis oil to registered patients who have a prescription from their physician (plus a secondary physician’s support). This program serves one condition – those with intractable epilepsy, defined as a patient who has tried two FDA approved treatments that have failed to control their seizures. TCUP is designed to only serve Texas residents. Low-THC cannabis oil is a non-psychoactive neuroprotectant that is especially helpful for treating epilepsy.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has overseen the regulatory and licensure process. DPS will continue to manage the security, production, processing and distribution of the medicine. This includes ensuring security measures are in place, records and operational standards are maintained, and facilities are periodically inspected by the department. DPS will also regulate inventory tracking, product testing and packaging standards.
There are currently three licensed dispensing organizations, Cansortium Texas, Compassionate Cultivation and Surterra. Additionally, more physicians are signing up to prescribe this medicine, with several dozen already registered.