TEXAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA
Texas Regulated Cannabis Program Overview
Type of program: Medical only
The Texas Compassionate Use Act went into effect in 2015, allowing individuals suffering from intractable epilepsy access to low-THC cannabis oil.
A few years later in 2019, the Act was expanded to include other debilitating conditions. Some of these conditions include terminal cancer, autism, seizure disorders, MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and Parkinson’s disease.
At present, under current Texas cannabis laws, the only products available to these patients are cannabis-oil, lozenges, lotions, tinctures, and inhalers, recently increased to 1.0 percent THC or less and a minimum of 10 percent CBD.
Five years after the program was implemented patients still experience barriers and red tape when applying for a Compassionate Use license. Industry experts and medical marijuana advocates claim that the current program is largely inaccessible to the ailing demographic it was initially designed to serve.
Until recently fewer than 20 doctors across the state were officially registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety to legally prescribe medical marijuana. Moreover, at the start of 2021 there were only 3,500 Texans registered in the medical marijuana program when, in fact, more than two million people are legally eligible.
The fledgling medical marijuana program in Texas still has many hurdles to jump. Texas is among the most prohibitive of all states – near the bottom of the list as far as accessibility goes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Patients should keep in mind that the difference between Texas medical marijuana and hemp is a mere 0.2 percent THC at most. Hemp-derived CBD products can be purchase without a medical marijuana prescription.
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Texas medical marijuana dispensary licensing
Texas medical marijuana dispensary licensing is administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety, including issuance, suspensions, renewals, and revocations. There are currently only three licensed dispensaries in Texas.
Texas is a vertically integrated medical marijuana state. The Texas license for a “Dispensing Organization” cover cultivation, processing, and dispensing.
Purchase and possession limits
At this time there is no clear information on the limits of legal amounts of medical marijuana products that can be purchased by a Texas medical marijuana patient.
However, any amount of smokable marijuana flower is still prohibited statewide. Possession laws are still highly punitive and even small amounts can come with a criminal record and jail time.
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How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Texas
In order to be approved for a medical marijuana card in Texas, a patient must be examined by a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.
Once certified, the patient must log on to the Compassionate Use Registry database to complete registration.
Renew a Texas medical marijuana Prescription
Texas medical marijuana cards must be renewed annually through a certified TX Marijuana Doctor.
Residents of all ages are eligible for medical marijuana use in Texas.
Anyone under 18 years of age must receive two separate opinions from two different state-certified medical marijuana doctors and must assign a parent or legal guardian assigned as a caregiver.
A patient’s prescribed medical cannabis can be dispensed to the patient’s legal representative.
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Texas medical marijuana information
- General Information
- Compassionate-Use Program FAQS
- State vs. Federal Law
- CBD & Industrial Hemp
- Compassionate-Use Program
- Compassionate Use Registry
- Recreational Use
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- Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 487
The Texas Compassionate-Use Act established requirements for the licensing and registration of dispensaries that provide low-THC cannabis to qualified patients.
- Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 169
This chapter of Texas law allows qualified physicians to prescribe low-THC cannabis to certain patients with incurable neurodegenerative diseases. In this chapter, “low-THC cannabis” is defined as a cannabis plant or derivative that contains less than .5% of tetrahydrocannabinols by weight. This differs from the definition of “hemp” in HB 1325, which is defined as cannabis plants and derivatives consisting of less than .3% tetrahydrocannabinols by weight.
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter D, Rule 1.61
On December 5, 2019, new administrative rules went into effect listing the incurable neurodegenerative diseases eligible for a prescription under Texas Occupations Code Chapter 169.