Texas law extending medical marijuana goes into effect Sept. 1 | KLBK | KAMC

MCALLEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A law that will expand the use of medical marijuana in Texas will go into effect Sept. 1.

“All conditions treated with medical marijuana are dosed very differently and consumers are treated very differently,” said Dr. Sujan Gogu, a family medicine, sports and pain doctor at Southern Health System clinics. of Texas.

The expanded law under the compassionate use of medical marijuana will now be open to people such as veterans suffering from PTSD, cancer patients and other medical conditions. According to Dr. Gogu, there is still a process to be followed.

“You would go to your primary care doctor and talk about the illness you have and see if it’s a viable option for you, it may or may not be a viable option for you,” he said.

What happens after your doctor approves your use of medical marijuana with other specialists?

Given that there is no dispensary in the Rio Grande Valley and only a few in the state of Texas, Dr. Gogu said the process could take longer.

“It would probably be the pharmacies that have compound pharmacies part of their system that would carry a THC level or the specialty pharmacies that would carry them,” he said.

Dr. Gogu added that your primary care physician should also have a good relationship with the pharmacies that carry him, but he said there are other obstacles that patients might encounter.

“It’s just not widely available, and not much is known about it, and there aren’t many doctors who are comfortable prescribing it,” Dr. Gogu said.

Although Texas law has advanced since 2015, Dr. Gogu hopes once the effect of the expansion expands, access to medical marijuana will be easier for qualified patients.

“Once education comes out. I think it will be more readily available to people, but I think it is relatively limited right now, ”he added.

The new law also raises the THC dosage limit from 0.5% to 1%.