This year the legislature passed a law making cannabis oil available to treat seizure patients, but it could take up to another 18 months to set up the system for dispensing the marijuana product in Texas. In the meantime potential growers and sellers are waiting for the rules to be written for what may be the first step toward a big business in Texas.
Austin mother Katie Graham, is more than willing to invite someone into her home to talk about one of the most important health issues in her family.
For the past 3 ½ years she has spent sleepless nights caring for her son Elliot, who was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy at the age of two.
“His seizures look like jerking clusters essentially and he has those clusters anywhere between 6 to 8 times a day, every day. He recently developed a new seizure type that actually just knocks him out, afterwards he ends up sleeping for an hour,” Graham said.
In some 14 states doctors are already treating epileptic disorders like Elliot’s with oil from a hybrid marijuana plant. The strain is especially high in cannabidiol or CBD oil but extremely low in the psychoactive chemical THC. In other words, patients don’t get high from using the CBD oil. But they do get relief.
CBD oil can slow down and in some cases completely stop a patient’s seizures.
According to the Epileptic Council of Texas, there are 750,000 patients like Elliott in this state who might be candidates for the treatment. But they’ll likely have to wait to get it.
In July, the Texas Department of Public Safety released proposed rules for growing, manufacturing and dispensing cannabis oil. The state will not begin accepting applications from these businesses for another couple of months.
Dante Pacazo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Med Can Foundation, a private company that provides instructional seminars on working in all aspects of the marijuana industry. And Pacazo says since Texas’ CBD oil was signed to law, his seminars are consistently full.
“We help them put together a business plan, provide them with the legal documents, we help them do presentations for investors, we find them investors or they have investors in their very own circle, so we go and do the presentation for them and …Read More