The Texas Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339) was enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2015 (84th Legislative Session). The bill requires DPS to create a secure registry of neurologists who treat epilepsy for the purpose of recommending low-THC cannabis to patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.
Important Sections What it Means for You
Approval is needed from two neurologists.
In order to receive treatment, two qualified neurologists must each be in agreement that you meet the requirements. At a minimum, your primary neurologist must discuss your condition with a secondary neurologist for approval. However, your primary neurologist and/or secondary neurologist will determine if a separate consult is required with each neurologist.
SnapMedicinal makes it easy for your primary and secondary neurologist to work together. SnapMedicinal facilitates your initial consult and if necessary your secondary consult, all from the convenience of your computer or smart device. There is no need to seek out a qualified neurologist, coordinate appointments or travel to their offices.
Ongoing followups are required.
In order to receive ongoing treatment, you must meet monthly with the neurologist who recommended your treatment.
SnapMedicinal facilitates your ongoing treatment by connecting you to your neurologist when followup appointments are required.
Recommendations must be submitted electronically.
In order to receive treatment, a neurologist must submit your recommendation electronically to be filled at the dispensary.
SnapMedicinal connects the neurologist with the dispensary in a compliant and secure way online.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Which medical conditions are approved for low-THC cannabis?
The Texas Compassionate Use Act allows the use of low-THC cannabis for intractable epilepsy.
2. How does a patient qualify for the program?
A patient may be prescribed low-THC cannabis if:
1. A patient is a permanent resident of Texas
2. A patient is diagnosed with intractable epilepsy
3. The qualified physician determines the risk of the medical use of low-THC cannabis by a patient is reasonable in light of the potential benefit for the patient, and
4. A second qualified physician has concurred with the determination.
3. Will patients have to register with the state or pay a fee?
No. Statute does not require patients to register or pay a fee. Patient information will be retained in the Compassionate Use Registry. A qualified physician will enter a patient’s name, date of birth, low-THC dosage prescribed and means of administration into the Compassionate Use Registry.
4. Will patients under 18 be able participate?
Yes. Statute places no limitations on the age of the patient.
5. Will I be able to bring my child from out-of-state to acquire low-THC cannabis in Texas?
Patients must be permanent Texas residents.
6. Will patients be able to grow their own cannabis?
No. Only licensed dispensers will be able grow cannabis and only for use in the production of low-THC cannabis. Patients are required to purchase low-THC cannabis products from a licensed dispensing organization.
7. How much will low-THC cannabis cost?
Prices will be set by the licensed dispensing organizations, based on the market. DPS does not regulate the cost of the product.
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