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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) – The State of Texas is one step closer to hiring licensed growers to begin cultivating marijuana crops for use in specific types of medicine.

Back in May the State legislature passed the bill allowing Texas to begin manufacturing CBD oil for epilepsy patients.

According to the Marijuana Project’s Heather Fazio, patients suffering from intractable epilepsy will be able to acquire a prescription giving them access s to the Cannabis oil to help ward off seizures.

The oil is to be extracted from Marijuana plants grown in Texas by firms hired and licensed by the state under the strict watch of DPS.

Governor Abbott signed the bill into law in June setting in motion the process that led to the development of a draft of the rules that will guide the law. Their final approval is expected in December.  After that the State will begin the hiring process.

State Rep Stephanie Klick is one of the bill’s authors. She says once the rules have been given final approval the state will begin issuing three types of licenses to businesses; the cultivators who will grow the plants, the manufacturers who process it into Cannabis oil and the dispensaries who will serve it to the patients.

The Texas Compassionate Use Act is scheduled to take effect in September 2017.

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