Updated on May 1, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Texas marijuana laws are very strict.
The state allows the use of medical marijuana products for a select group of patients. People suffering from conditions such as autism, ALS, terminal cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and seizure disorders are the only patients who may use medical cannabis in Texas.
In addition, only specialty doctors may prescribe medical marijuana to these patients. Medical marijuana products may not be smoked; they may only be used in the form of oil or an inhaler. Texas has just three licensed dispensaries at the moment.
In the past, Texas cannabis laws only allowed patients who had been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy to use medical marijuana products.
In addition, Texas weed laws regulate how much THC the marijuana products may contain. In Texas, medical marijuana patients can only be prescribed low-THC cannabis, or cannabis with less than 0.5 percent THC.
In order to access medical marijuana in Texas, patients must meet certain specifications.
There are no age restrictions for medical marijuana patients in Texas, however, people who are under the age of 18 may require the consent of a legal guardian.
Patients must be permanent residents of Texas; people cannot come from other states to obtain low-THC marijuana in Texas.
Patients must be diagnosed with one of the following conditions:
Patients must be diagnosed by a qualified physician, who determines that the benefits of medical marijuana outweigh any risks.
Patients do not need to register with the state, nor do they have to pay a fee. However, the prescribing physician must enter a patient’s prescription into the state’s medical marijuana system.
In addition, medical marijuana is not covered by insurance in Texas and the state has limited the number of licensed dispensaries, which means obtaining medical marijuana in Texas may be quite expensive.
As more and more states move toward providing patients access to medical marijuana, Texas’s laws are likely to evolve.
At MarijuanaDoctors.com, we believe that everyone in the United States of America should be able to access cannabis, which research has proven time and time again to provide medicinal value. If an ultra-conservative state such as Texas can show progress — no matter how slow it may be — toward changing its attitude in regard to marijuana, then there may be hope for other areas of the country. We’ll keep an eye on developments pertaining to Texas medical marijuana laws and continue to keep you updated. Check back often with us for more information.