Texas’ long-awaited CBD program is underway. Sort of.
The nation’s second-most populous state has a limited CBD program, three licensed growers and plants harvested.
But Texas has no patients just yet, a signal that the state’s elaborate hurdles are blocking consumers from accessing marijuana-derived medicine even if it’s a cannabidiol product low in THC.
“We expected that it’s going to take a while to get off the ground, and that is what’s happening,” said Scott Klenet, a spokesman for Knox Medical, one of three licensed marijuana growers in Texas.
“We are open for business and have products available, and we’re working with folks daily to make those products available when they’re ready,” Klenet said.
Root of the problem
The problem is Texas’ highly restrictive CBD law.
The drug is available only to people with intractable epilepsy, and two neurologists must sign off and say that traditional treatments have failed before a patient can access CBD.
The finished treatment can’t exceed 10% THC by weight or 0.5% THC, a threshold unique to Texas.
The state does not prescribe a THC limit for cannabis plants grown to produce the treatment.
Texas currently has just 11 doctors who have volunteered to join the registry, a requirement for recommending physicians. That’s a slight improvement from late 2017, when fewer than 10 doctors participated.
Still, when Texas’ CBD program opened for business on Jan. 1, not