Texas DPS is looking to increase the number of medical cannabis dispensaries to accommodate the Texas law which legalizes cannabis-related substances according to a Beaumont Enterprise article which says,
“The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Monday that the regulatory services division would start accepting applications for dispensing licenses under the Compassionate Use Program.
The application is detailed to filling out the documents and submitting to an online portal with a $7,356 fee to the Comptroller through a wire transfer, according to the DPS website. The application window closes at 5 p.m. CST on April 28.
An announcement detailing the process for application acceptance and approval process to issue additional licenses will be made after the conclusion of the 88th Texas Legislative Session.”
Currently, since 2015, there are only three operational medical dispensaries in Texas which are all unable to accommodate the influx of patients according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,
“Only three dispensaries have been licensed in Texas in the past three years.
The three dispensaries now open are all in central Texas, with two in Austin and one in Schulenberg, about 100 miles west of San Antonio. With only three dispensaries that can provide cannabidiol that is low in THC, some advocates are frustrated that there is not enough supply to meet demand.
Since the program started in 2015, interest has grown. At first, physicians could only prescribe to patients who suffered from uncontrollable epileptic seizures.
By the end of 2018 — the first full year the program was in place — more than 600 patients and 50 doctors were enrolled, according to DPS data.”
Thanks to the acknowledgement and awareness of both the elected and the community, medical marijuana is becoming more and more recognized as a positive means of helping those in need.