Compassionate Use Program

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The Texas Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339) was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott and became effective June 1, 2015. The bill requires DPS to create a secure registry of physicians who treat epilepsy for the purpose of prescribing low-THC cannabis to patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. In addition, the bill requires DPS to license at least three dispensing organizations by Sept. 1, 2017. The license will authorize the organizations to cultivate, process and dispense low-THC cannabis to prescribed patients.


The department will accept applications for dispensing organization licenses from February 23, 2017 through March 23, 2017.  As reflected in the proposed amendments to the administrative rules to be considered for final adoption by the Public Safety Commission on February 22, 2017, a non-refundable application fee will be payable at the time of application.


The department will review the applications and by April 30, 2017 will notify those applicants that are conditionally approved.  When the applicants are ready for the onsite inspection of their facilities, the department will conduct inspections and confirm the facilities’ compliance with the program requirements, and accept payment in full of the license fee. Upon successful completion of all inspections and satisfaction of all requirements, the department will issue the license.