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This is How You Will Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas
The Status of Cannabis Legalization in Texas
Cannabis in Texas, the United States state, is illegal for medical and recreational purposes, though low-THC CBD oil is allowed for the treatment of epilepsy since 2015. Although, in June of 2015, Governor Abbot signed SB 399, the Texas Compassionate Use Act, implementation was slow, and the law is one of the most restrictive in the country. This law allows access to some patients to low-THC cannabis. Cannabis products are considered low-THC if they contain at least 10% cannabidiol, but not more than 0.5% tetrahydrocannibinols. The state of Texas approved the medical use of such products to patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. Smoking of dried flower and home cultivation or cannabis are prohibited by the law.
In 2019, to legally qualify for medical cannabis oil in Texas, you must:
- Be a permanent resident of Texas,
- Diagnosed with intractable epilepsy,
- Have prescriptions from two separate doctors.
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. There is no age limit. The law does not require patients to register or pay a fee. However, patient information will be retained in the Compassionate Use Registry. In order to receive ongoing access to cannabis oil, patients must meet monthly with the neurologist who approved their treatment.
The Compassionate Use Act provided for licensing of three dispensaries. Those are:
- Knox Medical Texas,
- Compassionate Cultivation, and
- Surterra Texas.
As of the start of 2019, Knox and Compassionate Cultivation have open dispensaries and delivery of cannabis CBD oils are available by delivery statewide. Even under these tight circumstances, many patients have been prescribed cannabis oil and have had it shipped to their homes. Many more will likely do so in the future. Patients can search for an accredited doctor in Texas on the state’s Department of Public Safety website.