Texas Legal Information

In June of 2015 Gov. Abbot signed SB 399, The Texas Compassionate Use Act. This law allows access to some patients to "low-THC cannabis." Unlike many other "CBD Laws" this act also allows for "dispensing organizations" to cultivate, process and distribute this medical cannabis. Another significant difference between Texas and other's states medical cannabis laws is that SB 399 establishes a sort of parallel prescription system in which registered physicians record such information as patient dosage and amounts. This "prescription" would be taken to a dispensing organization to be filled.


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Texas's Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations

The Texas Compassionate Use Act allows access to some patients to "low-THC cannabis" through dispensing organizations which may cultivate, process and distribute this medical cannabis. SB 399 establishes a sort of parallel prescription system in which registered physicians record such information as patient dosage and amounts. This prescription would be taken to a dispensing organization to be filled.

Becoming a Patient in Texas

Patients and their caregivers are permitted use and have low-THC cannabis for medical purposes as permitted by prescription. Medical cannabis must be purchased from a dispensary in accordance with prescription. Patients must suffer from intractable epilepsy.

Recommending Cannabis in Texas

SB 399 allows certified neurologists qualified in treating epilepsy to write a prescription for low-THC cannabis to patients with intractable epilepsy. They are also required to share treatment notes with the Department of Public Safety.

Facing state or federal charges?

Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.