6-Year-Old Girl receives first Legal Medical Marijuana in Texas

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on February 10, 2018.

A 6-year-old girl in Central Texas became the first patient in the state to receive marijuana-derived medicine legally to treat her epileptic seizures.

The child, whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy, received a shipment of low-THC, high-CBD oil from a dispensary called Knox Medical, one of three companies licensed by the state to dispense cannabidiol to patients suffering from intractable epilepsy in Texas.

“For Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy, the wait for medical cannabis is finally over,” said José Hidalgo, founder and CEO of Knox Medical, in a press release. “This is a historic day for Texas and we will work tirelessly to uphold the trust and responsibility the state has placed in Knox Medical.”

“Patients deserve medical relief and Knox Medical is proud to work with physicians and caregivers, and in close coordination with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to provide this medicine that exceeds the most rigorous standards for quality and consistency,” he stated.

Knox Medical, which was granted by the state on September 1, 2017, operates under the license Cansortium Texas.The Florida-based company is already operating in Florida, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

Two other companies- Compassionate Cultivation and Surterra Texas-have also been licensed under the 2015 Texas Compassionate Use Act to produce and sell cannabidiol, known as CBD.

In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law the Texas Compassionate Use Act. The law required the Texas Department of Public Safety to create a secure registry of physicians who treat epilepsy for the purpose of prescribing medical marijuana to people who are diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.

Patients eligible for the marijuana program must have a prescription approved by two neurologists on the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT).

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