TX MEDICAL CANNABIS UPDATE: CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS
Earlier this week I wrote about legal marijuana (it actually exists in Texas!) and a company that will soon be opening a pick-up location in El Paso. I heard from someone from the PR department of that company (Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation) who corrected me on a couple of points and provided some additional information.
I had originally described the company in terms of their new “location”. Emma, the PR representative for TXOG, wanted to make clear that there will be NO full-time dispensary. It would be more accurate to say TXOG is launching a “temporary pick-up location” in El Paso. Also, any reference I made to “distribution sites/locations/centers” in other Texas cities should actually be called “temporary pick-up locations”.
The temporary pick-up location in El Paso will launch on February 22nd.
El Paso C.U.P (Compassionate Use Program) patients can already receive their medicinal marijuana via weekly deliveries from TXOG. In fact, qualified patients have been receiving their medicine since the CUP started in 2015.
Starting on the 22nd, the temporary pick-up point will be open every other Tuesday from 8:30 to 1 p.m.
I listed some of the qualifying conditions for CUP eligibility, but my list was incomplete. PTSD is recognized as are all forms of cancer (no longer just terminal cancer cases). You can find a complete list of medical conditions here.
I also mentioned that I had heard that the state-approved cannabis was “weak”. While it is true the Compassionate Use Program limits the amount of THC in medical products to 1% by weight, “it does not limit the amount of THC a patient can be prescribed---that’s up to the doctor to decide”.
Contrary to popular opinion, there IS medical marijuana in the state of Texas. However, they don’t pass out prescriptions to just anybody. Actually, you have to have an actual serious medical condition to qualify. TXOG, Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation has just announced the opening of its first location in El Paso. Starting on February 22, medical cannabis products will be available to qualifying patients at an El Paso distribution location.
A few things to be aware of…
Patients with only a few, specific and very serious conditions can qualify.
In Texas, the program is known as the Compassionate Use Program or CUP. CUP is only available to Texas patients with terminal cancer, an incurable neurodegenerative disease, or one of the following conditions:
- Seizure disorders
- Multiple or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Qualifying in strict compared to other “medicinal states”. In states like California and Oklahoma, medical cannabis is prescribed to most of the people who apply. Many more people are denied CUP than are approved. Again, the list of conditions is limited (see the list, above).
If you do manage to get a Texas CUP prescription for cannabis, the El Paso location will only operate every other Tuesday and only from 8:30 am to 1 p.m.
I think the location may be “secret”. In researching for this article, I haven’t been able to find an address or a physical location for the El Paso distribution site. I suspect that information may only be given out to patients AFTER they have already qualified for CUP.
El Paso joins about ten other cities in Texas that have a TXOG distribution site. The programs in all those cities are also open only one day a week or one day every other week, also with limited hours of operation.
If you think you may have a qualifying condition or have any questions, you can find out more by visiting www.texasoriginal.com.
What I hear from people familiar with the program is that the Texas medical weed is very, very weak (around 1% THC). Again, this is just what I’ve heard.