TEXAS – One of Texas' medical marijuana providers has created a funding program to help patients with epilepsy buy the medication they need.
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Like many financial aid programs, this new marijuana program is need-based. Compassionate Cultivation has partnered with the Epilepsy Foundation to create it.
Under Texas' Compassionate Use Program, the only condition permitted to use medical cannabis is "intractable epilepsy." Marijuana is still considered a schedule one drug, which indicates a high potential for abuse.
CBD (cannabidiol) is not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. According to Compassionate Cultivation's Morris Denton, it usually costs about $100 to $150 a gram and a small bottle is about $300.
The dispensary donated $10,000 to the funding program along with a percentage of their sales.
"It's an honor for us to be able to serve this community, the epilepsy community. We'll continue looking for ways to support this community and provide leadership services to this community and to provide the means for them to gain access to this medicine," said Denton.
Compassionate Cultivation is one of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Texas that ships throughout the state.