The U.S. seems to be hanging in limbo, or rather election aftershock. But the shockwave after the announcement of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in Texas to up the license fee for selling CBD oil to epilepsy patients to $1.3 million p.a. will leave mouths hanging agape for some time. Texan Monthly reports.
The DPS, Texas wants to up the license fee of dispensaries selling CBD oil for epilepsy to pay troopers safeguarding the merchandise
You heard right, and no it is not an April fool’s joke either. For real, the DPS in Texas wants to up the license fee of dispensaries selling CBD oil in Texas from $6,000 to $1,3 million for the first year and $975,000 every consecutive year.
The Texan law allows CBD oil only for a very small number of patients suffering intractable epilepsy caused by Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). These patients are often children suffering hundreds of seizures a day. These seizures do damage from a very young age, and often leave scars on the brain, which leads to disability. Parents of these children do not have much hope that their kids will grow-up to be self-reliant one day.
This is why the bill sponsored by Senator Ken Eltife was passed by conservative Texan Legislature. Ongoing research proved CBD oil for epilepsy is promising for controlling the symptoms of LGS and other uncontrolled epilepsy conditions.
Results are astounding. It seems like a miracle cure, as wheelchair bound children start to walk, and seizures drop from 40 a day to none in weeks.
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Outrageous regulations cause shock
The announcement of the plan by the DPS to impose these outrageous regulations on dispensaries selling CBD oil under Texan law caused shock in the epilepsy community.
The roughly estimated 150,000 Texans with intractable epilepsy will barely justify and cover the current annual license fee of $6,000 never mind the astronomical amount of $1,3 mil the DPS plans to raise it to.
This preposterous fee is justified by the reasoning that it will pay troopers 24/7 to guard the merchandise. How ridiculous is that? CBD oil should not even be considered as illegal as it is mostly produced from hemp and contains marginal levels of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. So ask yourself, who would want to hijack a dispensary to steal CBD oil? Why would troopers be needed to guard it? Or is it because it is worth more than gold?
The license fee would be sufficient to pay a trooper approximately $781 per hour as one reader comments. How many children could be given CBD oil for epilepsy for that amount? It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
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Patients using CBD oil for epilepsy might consider it a miracle, but it is not. It is a life changing medicine from a natural plant. It poses no danger to the people of Texas. That is why Legislature recognized it in 2015 in the first place.
Synthetic medicines might be available from next year but “Marijuana-derived medicine” isn’t the same as natural organic medical marijuana.