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Program Development Updates

March 2019

The Federal Farm Bill of 2018 provides that individual states may regulate hemp 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. At this time, DPS is not aware of the Texas Department of Agriculture having undertaken either alternative under the Farm Bill. You may wish to contact the Texas Department of Agriculture in this regard.

November 2017

The Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) has a new search feature, the Registered Physician Search.  The public has the ability to search for qualified physicians registered in the CURT system who have the ability to prescribe "Low-THC" cannabis by county, city, zip code or all may be viewed at the same time.  The Registered Physician Search can be found under the licensing tab or Physician Search.

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 Update

February 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.