Program Development UpdatesJune 2019
On June 14, 2019, Governor Abbott signed into law HB 3703, providing additional medical conditions for which low-THC cannabis may be prescribed and increasing the respective specialties in which prescribing physicians may practice. The bill became effective immediately. The Compassionate Use Registry is undergoing the necessary modifications to allow the registration of physicians with these additional specialties and to allow prescriptions for the additional conditions. Implementation of this bill is a top priority of DPS. Please check back for further updates.
The federal Farm Bill of 2018 provides that individual states may regulate hemp, and hemp products such as CBD, through their departments of agriculture by either submitting a regulatory plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or by allowing the USDA to construct a regulatory program for the state. Only hemp or hemp-derived products produced through such a regulatory program are legal under federal law, and legislative action would be necessary for any change to state law.
On June 10, 2019 Governor Abbott signed into law HB 1325, authorizing the development of a regulatory program for the cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp products. The bill became effective immediately. The Texas Department of Agriculture will be responsible for the development and administration of this legislation. Questions regarding the program and the legality of hemp or hemp products, including CBD products, should be directed to the Texas Department of Agriculture.August 2017
The Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) will go live on September 1, 2017. Qualified physicians will be able to use the system to register with DPS and to prescribe low-THC cannabis to patients with intractable epilepsy. Prescriptions can be filled by licensed dispensing organizations once low-THC cannabis product is available.May 1, 2017
Following the submission and review of 43 applications for dispensing organization licenses, the department announced the three conditionally approved applicants.January 2017
To ensure the department can meet its statutory obligations to implement the Texas Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339) by September 1, 2017 and promptly respond to any changes sought by the legislature or executive leadership during the approaching legislative session, the department is scaling back on the development of an online application and licensing software application. Instead, the department will initially process and evaluate the applications manually, and at this time will only pursue development of the physician registration and prescription tracking online system. The development of the licensing application may be pursued at a later date.
Administrative Rules UpdateFebruary 2017
The Public Safety Commission adopted proposed amendments to the administrative rules at its February 22, 2017 meeting. The rules have been submitted to the Texas Register for publication. These adopted proposals will appear in the March 10, 2017 issue with an effective date of March 15, 2017.December 2016
Proposed amendments to the administrative rules were published in the October 28, 2016 issue of the Texas Register for public comment. The comment period expired on November 28, 2016. In response to the comments, the department proposed further revisions to the rules at the Public Safety Commission's December 15, 2016 meeting. At that meeting, the Public Safety Commission voted to republish the proposals for formal comment. Following this comment period, the commission may consider the proposals for possible adoption at its next meeting on February 22, 2017. Notice of the comment period and a link for the submission of comments will be provided in the near future.October 2016
Proposed amendments to the administrative rules were presented to the Public Safety Commission at its October 13, 2016 meeting, as part of the formal rule making process. The proposals were approved for publication by the Commission. These proposed amendments will be published in the October 28, 2016 issue of the Texas Register for public comment. The comment period will expire on November 28, 2016. Comments may be submitted at Contact Us – Compassionate Use Program. Please see Proposed Rule Amendments to view the rules as published.January 2016
The Public Safety Commission (PSC) adopted the Compassionate Use Program Administrative Rules at its Dec. 17, 2015, meeting. The administrative rules became effective Jan. 10, 2016.