Compassionate Use Program (CUP) Expansion FAQs

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Q: Now that the bill has passed the Texas House and Senate – what are the next steps?

A: By June 17, Governor Abbott can either veto HB 3703 or allow it to pass into law. Should it pass, the Texas Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Compassionate Use Program (CUP), will take some time to modify the rules of the program to accommodate the numerous changes in the bill.

While it is difficult to predict how long that will take, we will publish more specific updates on timing as soon as we are made aware of them. If you would like to be notified of these changes when they happen, sign up for updates here.

The bill also calls for the Department of Health and Human Services Commission to determine the precise definition of “incurable neurodegenerative diseases” for which patients may be prescribed low-THC cannabis for medical use. The deadline for doing so is December 1, 2019.

Q: What new conditions are included in the CUP?

A: The program is now open to patients diagnosed with epilepsy (all forms), seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, terminal cancer, or an incurable neurodegenerative disease.

The bill calls for the Department of Health and Human Services Commission to determine the precise definition of “incurable neurodegenerative diseases” for which patients may be prescribed low-THC cannabis for medical use. The deadline for doing so is December 1, 2019.

Q: What other important changes does the new CUP bill contain?

A: One important change is that this bill removes the 10% by weight ‘floor’ on CBD in our products. This will allow medical CBD producers like Compassionate Cultivation to offer a variety of THC:CBD ratios that are more tailored to patients and their specific conditions. We will continue to work very closely with physicians registered in the CUP to produce products tailored to optimal dosages for each condition.

In addition, the new bill no longer requires a second qualified medical opinion in order to prescribe medical CBD.

Q: When will these changes go into effect and how quickly can I pick up a prescription?

A: The Texas Department of Public Safety, which oversees the CUP, will take some time to modify the rules of the program to accommodate the numerous changes in the bill.

We will publish more specific updates on timing as soon as we are made aware of them. If you would like to be notified of these changes when they happen, sign up here for updates.

In addition, the bill calls for the Department of Health and Human Services Commission to determine the precise definition of “incurable neurodegenerative diseases” for which patients may be prescribed low-THC cannabis for medical use. The deadline for doing so is December 1, 2019.

Q: Will the formulation be different for each condition?

A: One important change is that this bill removes the 10% by weight ‘floor’ on CBD in our products. This will allow medical CBD producers like Compassionate Cultivation to offer a variety of THC:CBD ratios that are more tailored to patients and their specific conditions. We will continue to work very closely with physicians registered in the CUP to produce products tailored to optimal dosages for each condition.

Q: Do I still have to have a prescription from my doctor to obtain medical CBD?

A: Yes. Only a physician qualified with respect to a patient’s particular medical condition may prescribe low-THC cannabis to treat the applicable condition. Prescribing physicians must be board-certified in a medical specialty relevant to the approved medical conditions by a specialty board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists.

Q: Who is allowed to prescribe medical CBD under the new law/bill?

A: Prescribing physicians in a medical specialty relevant to the approved medical conditions must be certified by a specialty board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists.

For a list of doctors registered in the Compassionate Use Program, please visit our website here.

Q: Will medical CBD products be available at pharmacies and other CBD stores in the state?

A: Medical CBD is exclusively available from one of three licensees of the CUP – either at their dispensary or through their direct-delivery personnel. It is not available through pharmacies or other retailers at this time.

Q: I’m a physician who would like to prescribe medical CBD, how do I find out if I am qualified? And how do I register?

A: Prescribing physicians in a medical specialty relevant to the approved medical conditions must be certified by a specialty board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists.

If you qualify, you can register here.

Q: Who do I call with questions about medical CBD?

A: As with any medical condition, we recommend you talk to your doctor to see if medical CBD is right for you. For more general information about medical CBD, please contact us at texasoriginalcc.com or call our dispensary at 512-614-0343.

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