Becoming a Patient in Texas
Please note that because Texas's law contains language which refers to prescriptions, the following may be ruled invalid. The term prescription is used below for clarity but should be differentiated from the federal drug prescription system.
In order to use medical cannabis in Texas, patients must suffer from intractable epilepsy. Patients and their caregivers are permitted the prescribed use and possession of low-THC cannabis for medical purposes. Finally, medical cannabis must be purchased from a dispensary in accordance with prescriptions.
The amount of low-THC cannabis a patient may possess is determined by the patient’s prescription.
The eligible condition in Texas for medical marijuana access is intractable epilepsy, a seizure disorder that has been unresponsive to treatment by at least two FDA-approved drugs.
Medical cannabis must be purchased from a state licensed dispensing organization according to prescription.
A patient's prescribed medical cannabis could be dispensed to the patient’s legal representative. A minor patient must receive two separate opinions from two different doctors certified to dispense medical cannabis.
The application process has not been finalized. However a patient is expected to receive a prescription from an authorized physician; and the physician will then be responsible for submitting that patient’s information to the state.
A physician is authorized to prescribe low-THC cannabis if he or she is licensed in the state of Texas, dedicates a "significant portion" of the clinical practice to treating epilepsy, and is a certified neurologist.
This law does not include any housing protections.
This law does not include any employment protections.
Health insurance providers are not mandated to cover medical cannabis expenses.
The law does not include any reciprocity with any other states.