How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in TEXAS [2019 Complete Guide]
TEXAS - A medical marijuana card, or MMJ card is a state issued identification card that enables a patient that have a doctor or in some states registered nurses recommendation to purchase from a registered cannabis dispensary, possess, or cultivate cannabis for medicinal use.
Texas Medical Marijuana Card
As a resident of the state, the process on how to get a medical marijuana card in Texas is as follows:
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 in light of the potential benefit for the patient, and
- A second qualified physician has concurred with the determination.
- It is not necessary for the secondary physician to have contact with the patient. The primary physician can discuss the patient's condition with secondary physician for approval.
What are the Texas Medical Cannabis Card Costs?
- None. Texas 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 information into the Compassionate Use Registry.
What are Conditions Required to Receive Medical Marijuana in Texas?
- The Compassionate Use Program is statutorily limited to patients in Texas with intractable epilepsy. Adding conditions will require legislative action.
Other Important Information on the TX Medical Marijuana License Process:
Will it be legal for patients to smoke low-THC cannabis?
- No. Texas Occupations Code §169.001 specifically excludes smoking from the definition of "medical use.".
What protections will patients and legal guardians have from criminal prosecution?
- Texas Health and Safety Code §481.111(e)(1) provides exemptions from state laws prohibiting possession of marijuana for patients (and their legal guardians) for whom low-THC cannabis is prescribed under a valid prescription from a dispensing organization.
Patient Requirements of the Compassionate Use Registry Of Texas (CURT)
Do Patients need to register in CURT?
- Patients do not need to register in CURT, nor will they need access to CURT. The physician will add the patient into CURT.
How does a patient get their prescription?
- The physician will enter the prescription in the CURT system. Patient or legal guardian will then have the ability to go to any of the dispensaries to have the prescription filled. Patient or legal guardian will need to provide identification and patient's last name, date of birth, and last 5 of social security number.
Texas Medical Marijuana Patient Q&A
How Long Is a Texas Marijuana Card Good?
- Texas does not currently issue MMJ cards. Patients are entered in the Compassionate Use Registry Of Texas (CURT) system by their qualified physician.
Once I have my prescription, where can I buy marijuana?
- The dispensing organizations' employees will be delivering prescriptions, as well as potentially filling prescriptions over the counter.
Are infused edibles allowed in Texas?
- No edibles are not allowed yet in Texas.
Once I have my prescription, can I grow my own marijuana?
- 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.
Can I take My Meds to a Different State?
- No. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.
Can I have a prescription from another state filled in Texas?
- No, SB 339 only authorizes the possession of low-THC cannabis that is obtained through a prescription issued by a physician registered with the CUP program.
How Much Should I consume?
- We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a Texas marijuana licensed physician before using.
Medical marijuana card programs in the majority of legalized states, the cannabis medical card is valid for up to 12 months and typically is renewable. Legalized weed states also have different requirements for obtaining a medical cannabis card. In over 22 states in the United States it is currently possible to obtain your weed card, Texas, the real state that matters has not come around yet. This is despite the large outcry from a sizeable number of Texas Pro-Marijuana Texans. Recreational marijuana is also currently available in Colorado, Oregon and Washington State.
Medical Marijuana Cards are issued by a state or county in which medical cannabis is recognized. Typically a patient is required to pay a fee to the state in order to be eligible for a medical cannabis card. Texas is moving steadily in the right direction. We are now pre-registering patients on Texas Dispensaries as Texas cannabis legalization comes closer. If you would like to be on the early list to receive notices as well as the forms as they become available, just fill out the form below.