THE FUTURE OF CANNABIS:IN TEXAS AND ARKANSAS
From the desk of: Celeste Brewer
Director of Media for Medcan Foundation, Inc.
Contact: + 1 817-528-2475
Texas is making giant strides in the field of medical cannabis. After, Greg Abbott signed the bill, SB 339 that legalized the restricted use of cannabis extracts for severe epilepsy; there was a house bill and a senate bill inducted to make the medical cannabis program more inclusive to other/additional diseases and disorders.
Yesterday at 11:30 central time, supporters of HB 2107 and SB 269 held a news conference on the north steps of the capitol in Austin. They called on the Representative from the House Committee on Public Health and the Health and Human Services Chairman Charles Schwertner to schedule a hearing on these bills. If the bills are approved it could not only bring billions of taxable revenue, it will also improve the quality of life for many suffering with debilitating conditions.
As for bill SB 339, regarding the use of medical cannabis for severe epilepsy, the Department of Public Safety is currently finalizing the list of applicants for dispensing organization licenses. The date of approval is set for April 30th, 2017 and under favorable circumstances they will be operating as soon as September of 2017.
In Arkansas, The Department of Health is approaching their deadline to make changes to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment regulations. However, they have recently released rules and regulations for dispensing and cultivation operations.
The rules and regulations outline the following; labeling, and testing standards; caregiver