Six-Year-Old Is First To Receive Medical Marijuana In Texas
A six-year-old became the first person in the state of Texas to receive a legal delivery of medical cannabis on Thursday. The delivery was made more than two years after Republican Governor Grey Abbott sign a law that legalized the sale of a particular type of cannabis oil that can be used to treat intractable epilepsy.
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Earlier this month, it was announced that Texas had made its first legal cannabis harvest and that product would be available to qualified patients as soon as possible. It is estimated that approximately 160,000 Texans have intractable epilepsy, however, even for the patients, qualifying for medical cannabis in Texas is difficult. Texans who wish to qualify must have tried at least two FDA-approved drugs and found them to be ineffective, be a permanent resident of Texas, and have received approval from two doctors registered on the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas.
Currently, there are less than 20 doctors registered on that list which can make it even harder to Texans in need to access the medicine they require.
The law signed in by Abbott allows for the sale of cannabis oils with very low levels of THC and high levels of CBD. Research into CBD has shown that it can treat a variety of conditions including, but not limited to, chronic pain and epilepsy. In late 2017, the Texas Department of Public Safety authorized three dispensaries to start growing and distributing cannabis oil.
The dispensary that made the delivery on Thursday was Knox Medical, located in Schulenburg. The delivery was made through their direct-to-patient delivery service.
“For Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy, the wait for medical cannabis is finally over,” said José Hidalgo, the founder, and CEO of Knox Medical. “This is a historic day for Texas and we will work tirelessly to uphold the trust and responsibility the state has placed in Knox Medical.”
Compassionate Cultivation, one of the other three dispensaries has announced it will begin selling product on February 8.