TEXAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM UPDATE
The State of Texas will is preparing to issue licenses to retailers for the sale of medical marijuana based products. The licenses will enable specified dispensaries to sell products with low levels of THC, such as cannabis oil.
An advancing Texas Marijuana Program has approved low-THC cannabis products. Low-THC marijuana contains at least 10 percent CBD, or cannabidiol, although not more than 0.5 percent THC. These MMJ products, such as oils, are approved for individuals suffering from intractable epilepsy, which can cause seizures that are not treatable with traditional drugs. The patient can only be prescribed low-THC cannabis if two other drugs are found to be ineffective.
The first Texas dispensary will not be licensed until June 2017. License applications will not be finalized and available to companies until this summer. The initiative to expand the Texas medical marijuana program did not make the ballot for the 2016 vote in November.
Results Of The Ballot Votes For 2016
Arizona – The ’Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act‘ initiative should be on the ballot in Arizona this November. The signature deadline isn’t until July 7th, and signature gathering efforts have been going strong. The initiative would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for those 21 years and older. Additionally, the initiative would create a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. The initiative ‘allows adults to grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences and possess the marijuana produced by those plants in the location where it was grown. No more than 12 total marijuana plants can be grown in a single residence. - Failed
California – The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) campaign has turned in enough signatures that it will likely be on the ballot in California in November. The initiative would legalize the possession of one ounce of marijuana flower, or up to four grams of cannabis concentrates for those 21 years and older. The cultivation of up to six plants would also be legalized, in addition to hemp production and a taxed and regulated system for a recreational marijuana industry. - Passed
Florida – Florida will be voting on medical marijuana for the second election cycle in a row. Florida saw medical marijuana narrowly defeated (2 percent) in 2014. The campaign is back with a better initiative, and has the benefit of knowing the pitfalls to avoid and how to better leverage what works this time around. The initiative legalizes the ’medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. - Passed
Maine – An initiative in Maine, which originally had been determined to not have enough valid signatures to make the ballot, will indeed appear on the November ballot after the campaign successfully sued to get some invalid signatures validated. The initiated legalizes the possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana and legalize the possession, cultivate, and transportation of up to ‘6 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature marijuana plants and unlimited seedlings, and possess all the marijuana produced by the marijuana plants at that person’s residence’ for those 21 years and older. The initiative would also create a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. - Passed
Massachusetts – An initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts should be on the November ballot. The initiative met the initial requirement to put the issue before the Massachusetts Legislature, which punted on the issue. Campaign organizers have to gather a little over 10,000 signatures by June 22nd, which I don’t see being an issue. The initiative would create a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. The initiative ‘allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their residences and up to 10 ounces of marijuana in an enclosed, locked space within their residences.’ The initiative also allows ‘allows adults 21 years of age and older to grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences and possess the marijuana produced by those plants in the location where it was grown. No more than 12 total marijuana plants can be grown in a single residence. - Passed
Michigan – The MILegalize campaign has had a spot in my heart since the very first announcement of the campaign. I have always rooted for Michigan, and for reasons that are unknown to me, and don’t make sense to me, the Michigan campaign went the entire way without any significant help from the national level. The campaign turned in hundred of thousands of signatures, and while it will take a pretty high signatures validation rate, I’m still personally hopeful that the recreational marijuana legalization initiative will make the ballot. The MILegalize team did an outstanding job, and I tip my hat to everyone involved. The grassroots movement in Michigan is strong. - Did Not Make Ballot
Missouri – New Approach Missouri has turned in a significant amount of signatures, and if the signature validation rate goes well, Missouri voters should see medical marijuana on the ballot. Roughly 167,000 valid signatures are needed, and the campaign turned in roughly 250,000 total signatures according to media reports. That means there would need to be between a 66-67% validation rate. Looking at historical validation rates for other initiatives in recent history, that’s about in the middle of what has occurred, so there’s a great chance the initiative will make it. - Did Not Make Ballot
Nevada – Nevada voters will see marijuana legalization on the ballot in November. The initiative would legalize the possession of one ounce for those 21 years and older, and a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. Anyone who does not live within 25 miles of a marijuana store would be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants. - Passed
Arkansas and North Dakota are currently gathering signatures however have not qualified for Novembers Ballot. Passed & Passed
Montana - with 98 percent of precincts reporting, the measure to expand the state’s medical marijuana laws passed with 264,261 votes for, or 57 percent, and 199,425 votes against, or 42 percent, according to the AP. - Passed
The Great State of Texas - Archive
The Great State of Texas is not at the top of the list to legalize medical or recreational marijuana. Contrary to popular belief, Texas is much more progressive than believed, especially when capitalism is a large part of the factor. Texas simply has its own flavor, possibly the best flavor out there, patience, and plays by a special code accompanied by its own set of rules. With the breakthroughs in facts about medical cannabis along with the significant tax dollars being generated by states like Colorado, Texas is sure to take notice as Texas is a state that takes care of Texans, even if that means in Texas Marijuana's coming.
When legal MMJ or high cannabidiol (CBD) weed comes home to Texas, numerous cannabis doctor care clinics and medical marijuana dispensaries will all be found on the Texas home site, TXDISPENSARIES.com. Each of which will offer their own unique selection of strains and edibles as well as hash, hit wax, dabs, plenty of pipes, vaporizers, and more. Traditional dispensaries typically offer a wide variety of strains, including numerous types of Indica, Sativa, and Hybrids. The Texas Doctor Care Clinics found on Texas Dispensaries may issue Texas medical marijuana (MMJ) identification cards to patients and caregivers utilizing marijuana.
When seeking a specific strain high in THC or high cannabidiol (CBD) strains like Charlotte's Web, the medical marijuana dispensary that will serve the Texas Cannabis industry will be on Texas Dispensaries. It may not be until 2016 or later, depending on which way the tumbleweeds blow, however when it gets here Texas Dispensaries will be here, locked and loaded. In the meantime, please bookmark Txdispensaries.com to get up to date Texas marijuana news, specials, and stay current.