Texas Marijuana FAQ 2017
FAQ For Patients:
- Which medical conditions are approved for low-THC cannabis in TX?
Low-THC cannabis for intractable epilepsy.
- When will additional qualifying conditions for Texas marijuana be added to this program?
The Compassionate Use Program is statutorily limited to patients in Texas with intractable epilepsy. Adding conditions will require legislative action.
- How does a patient qualify for medical marijuana in Texas?
A patient may be prescribed low-THC cannabis if:
- A patient is a permanent resident of Texas,
- A patient is diagnosed with intractable epilepsy,
- The qualified physician determines the risk of the medical use of low-THC cannabis by a patient is reasonable considering the potential benefit for the patient, and
- A second qualified physician has concurred with the determination.
- Will MMJ patients have to register with the state or pay a fee?
No. Statute does not require patients to register or pay a fee. Patient information will be retained in the Compassionate Use Registry. A qualified physician will enter a patient’s name, date of birth, low-THC dosage prescribed and means of administration into the Compassionate Use Registry.
- Can patients under the age of 18 be eligible?
Yes. Statute places no limitations on the age of the patient.
- Can patients grow their own marijuana plants?
No. Only licensed dispensers will be able grow cannabis and only for use in the production of low-THC cannabis. Patients are required to purchase low-THC cannabis products from a licensed dispensing organization.
- How much does medical cannabis cost in Texas?
Prices will be set by the licensed dispensing organizations, based on the market. DPS does not regulate the cost of the product.
- Will patients’ legal guardians be able to pick up the order from a dispensing organization?
Yes. The names and addresses of legal guardians will be documented by doctors in the Compassionate Use Registry. Patients or legal guardians will be required to show proof of identification to the dispensing organization.
9. Will it be legal for patients to smoke low-THC cannabis?
No. Smoking is prohibited under the current law.
FAQ For Texas Dispensing Organizations:
- How many dispensing organizations will be licensed in Texas?
Three dispensing organizations have been licensed that met the statutory requirements.
- Where will I be able to find a licensed dispensing organization?
- When will this program be operational?
The department is moving forward with the onsite inspection of the facilities of the top three applicants to determine whether these three applicants will be issued dispensing organization licenses.
- Are there restrictions on dispensary proximity to schools, churches?
All regulated premises shall be located at least 1000 feet from any private or public school or day care center that existed prior to the date of initial license application, measured from the closest points on the respective property lines.
- Are there counties that will not allow a dispensary? COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES MAY NOT PROHIBIT LOW-THC CANNABIS.
- How will law enforcement personnel be able to verify that a patient or doctor is registered?
Law enforcement will be able to access the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas. Physicians will be required to certify that:
- They qualify under the Texas Compassionate Use Act §169.002.
- The patient is diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.
- The physician determines the risk of the medical use of low-THC cannabis by the patient is reasonable in light of the potential benefit for the patient.