The Medical Cannabis Association of Texas recently sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking him to expand the number of approved licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

Under the Compassionate Use Act that Abbott signed into law two years ago, the Department of Public Safety is authorized to license the cultivation and sale of the low-THC chemical strain of cannabis for patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. The licenses take effect Sept. 1.

Yet medical marijuana groups, including the Medical Cannabis Association of Texas, argue that DPS is not doing enough to ensure all patients have easy access to their medicine, since the agency conditionally approved only three licenses for dispensaries.

"With only these three permits in Texas the cost of the medication will be kept artificially high and by also limiting access geographically it will remain out of reach for most of the estimated 150,000 patients who qualify in Texas," the letter to the governor read.



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