The State of Texas has notoriously tough laws when it comes to marijuana,
but—in the first sign that the state is ready to loosen its grip
on the drug—medical marijuana will be a reality for Texans in 2017.
International Business Times reports, state agencies are now hashing out their medical marijuana program that,
according to last year's approved Texans for Responsible Marijuana
Policy, must start issuing licenses to sell medical marijuana by September 2017.
Who can buy marijuana in Texas?
While legal medical marijuana is a new step for Texas, the state will continue
to place strict regulations on who and who cannot legally purchase the
drug. Under the new law, only patients who have intractable epilepsy—which
produces seizures immune to other medications—can purchase the marijuana
with the proper documentation from their doctor. That documentation must
show that the patient has previously tried two other medications that
did not work.
"There's no question that you do have to go through a lot of hurdles
before you're eligible to receive treatment under this particular
legislation," Senator Jose Rodriguez, who co-authored the bill, told
a local news outlet.
Medical Marijuana vs. Recreational Marijuana
The medical marijuana eventually sold in licensed dispensaries will likely
have little in common with the kind of marijuana that recreational users
might be used to. These dispensaries are only allowed to sell "Low-THC"
marijuana products (like oils). These products are defined by containing
at least 10 percent cannabidiol, but no more than 0.5% of THC, the psychoactive
component of marijuana.
As it stands, vendor licenses are expected to be issued starting in June
of this year. A physician register will come later that same summer. With
the legalization of medical marijuana will likely come in a spike in
marijuana-related charges, as well, such as possession and even marijuana DUI. If you have been
charged, capable legal representation is needed to navigate your case
to the best possible outcome.
The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC, our knowledgeable and formidable Houston criminal defense attorney is
an award-winning former prosecutor. He knows how those accused of crimes
are processed in our local court system and how to ensure that his clients
receive every consideration they deserve under the law.
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