Four Texas pharmacies can now stay within the law after the Department of Public Safety announced that it would not prosecute any institutions for dealing with CBD oil. Texas has some of the strictest medical marijuana laws in the U.S. However, the faulty wording in the law caused some confusion among growers and suppliers. After the detailed investigation, DPS decided that cannabis laws required more defined regulations.
In 2015, Texas authorities signed into law one of the strictest medical marijuana regulations in the U.S. Only patients suffering from epilepsy were allowed to use non-psychoactive CBD oil. Thus, the bill gave permission to use medical cannabis to a handful of Texas residents.
Pharmacies began carrying small quantities of CBD oil, and controlled growers started to cultivate hemp in rural areas. CBD oil was received from the hemp plant and contained less than 0.3% of THC. However, it caused some legal issues: according to the local laws, CBD oils can only be produced from medical marijuana plants, not unregulated hemp plants.
Five pharmacies from Texas were recently raided by the DPS. CBD products derived from hemp plants were confiscated from four of them. All of the pharmacies belonged to People Pharmacy Inc., one of the main medical suppliers in the Austin area.
Sheila Hemphill, Texas Hemp Industries Association Policy Director, announced that the confusion surrounding growing hemp plants and medical cannabis plants was the main reason for conflicts between pharmacies and law enforcement officials. Moreover, this confusion caused additional legal expenditures, as well as stress for customers and businesses.
Thus, Texas lawmakers are going to redefine the hemp plant as an industrial crop containing less than 0.3% of THC. The new law will give hemp cultivators a right to take part in producing CBD oil. Moreover, pharmacies will no longer be threatened by a possibility of conflicts with law enforcement.