What types of physicians can prescribe it?
Only physicians certified in neurology or epileptology who belong to the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas are able to provide assessments as to whether a patient qualifies for medical marijuana use. State-wide, there are currently only 31 physicians on the registry, although the number has grown over the years.
The Compassionate Use Act also states that medical marijuana must be “prescribed” by doctors rather than “recommended.” This is significant because federal law states it is illegal to prescribe Schedule I narcotics like marijuana. This has been said to cause some hesitation among doctors. Not all of them want to prescribe something federally prohibited, even if the state (through restrictive legislation) allows them to.
Who can sell marijuana in Texas?
When it was passed in 2015, the Compassionate Use Act required the Department of Public Safety to provide licenses to three dispensaries by September of 2017. This didn’t quite happen, but they didn’t miss the mark by much. Cansortium Texas, which was licensed last September 1, and Compassionate Cultivation, licensed on October 31, have brick-and-mortar locations. Surterra Texas, licensed on December 15, is currently growing its first crop of products, soon to be available for delivery statewide according to its website.