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Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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Texas has a medical cannabis program, called the Texas Compassionate Use Program (CUP). Non-medical use of cannabis is illegal in Texas.
Texas (TX) Medical Cannabis Laws
Medical use is allowed only in the form of low-THC cannabis oil, less than 0.5% THC with a doctor’s approval and less than 0.3% THC without.
Chapter 169 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.
The Texas Department of Public Safety operates CURT, the Compassionate-Use Registry of Texas.
THC maximum is increased to less than 1% for medical marijuana patients. Only non-smokable preparations are allowed.
THC-only tinctures and edibles become available to purchase by qualifying medical cannabis patients who are residents of Texas.
Texas (TX) Recreational Cannabis Laws
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Texas, and it is likely to stay that way in the near future. Texas still has some rather punitive cannabis laws, and its medical program is quite restrictive compared to many other states. However, as the nation moves towards legalization, the possibility of Texas being the lone star state regarding this issue looks less likely.
Some counties/municipalities have effectively decriminalized cannabis, developing cite-and-release resolutions if not decriminalizing outright. Counties/municipalities include:
The Texas law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
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You must be aged 18 or over in order to get certified for medical marijuana in Texas. Those aged under 18 will need to have a caregiver listed on their application form to qualify. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over.
Texas does not currently have an official MMJ Caregiver program. However, minors (those aged under 18) can qualify for medical cannabis, and a parent or guardian must be listed on their initial application. Minors suffering from terminal or chronic conditions like cancer, epilepsy or any other long-term neurological condition that affects quality of life, and some kinds of autism may qualify a minor for an MMJ card.
Patients who need assistance obtaining or using medicinal cannabis may have their prescription filled and administered by a caregiver or legal guardian. Currently, only social workers and nurses are allowed to deliver marijuana products from dispensaries on behalf of a patient or their legal guardian.
There are no specific laws detailing the use of medical cannabis on schoold grounds. Like many othe rlegalized medical and recreational states, it is wise to keep medical cannabis use 1,000 feet away from a school or anywhere where children or vulnerable people may be (e.g. parks, hospitals).
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Yes, telemedicine is legal in Texas and you can get certified for cannabis online.
It is illegal to grow cannabis in Texas.
Texas does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards or certificates.
As Texas does not have a medical marijuana card system, it is unlikely that your registration to a system in Texas will be valid in another state.
Employers still have the right to test their employees for drugs, including cannabis. Texas medical cannabis laws do not have any specific provisions protecting employees.
Texas allows patients to access cannabis oils, tinctures and edibles, and has no regulations regarding testing of those products.
Texas does not yet have a state-owned, operated, or financed medical cannabis facility.
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.