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SB 339 - Authorizes Medical Use of Cannabis - Texas Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes Medical Use of Cannabis

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes medical use of cannabis.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes a physician certified in neurology or epilepsy to prescribe “low-THC cannabis” to patients diagnosed with “intractable epilepsy” (Sec. 4).
  • Defines “low-THC cannabis” as any derivative of the plant Cannabis sativa L. that contains no more than 0.5 percent by weight of tetrahydrocannabinols and no less than 10 percent by weight of cannabidiol (Sec. 4).
  • Defines “intractable epilepsy” as a seizure disorder in which the patient’s seizures have failed to be controlled by 2 or more antiepileptic drug treatments (Sec. 4).
  • Authorizes the Department of Public Safety to issues licenses for the creation of “dispensing organizations” (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “dispensing organization” as a licensed organization with the sole duty of cultivating, processing, and dispensing low-THC cannabis to prescribed patients (Sec. 1).
  • Requires dispensing organizations to meet the following guidelines, including but not limited to (Sec. 1): 
    • The licensee has the technical and technological abilities to produce low-THC cannabis;
    • The licensee has the resources and personnel necessary to operate as a dispensary;and
    • The licensee has the ability to maintain accountability for all products and materials used or produced in the cultivation or production of low-THC cannabis.

 

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

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