Despite Texas's conservative stance on cannabis, the state has received an unprecedented 132 new cannabis dispensary applications in 2023. Interest in medical marijuana is on the rise in the Lone Star State and more patients are turning to the plant to help with a variety of ailments.
Read on to learn who qualifies for medical cannabis in Texas and how to get a medical marijuana card.
Recreational cannabis isn't legal in the state, but Texas weed laws do allow for the sale of hemp-derived cannabinoids like delta-8. This is the subject of a current lawsuit with Hometown Heroes, and the state is likely to change these laws in 2024.
Is medical marijuana legal in Texas? Texas marijuana laws do allow for the prescription of non-smokable cannabis products, like edibles and tinctures.
First, Texas's medical marijuana program isn't like programs from other states. Patients are prescribed cannabis by their doctors, rather than given a medical marijuana card.
That said, the only way to legally purchase cannabis products in Texas is to get a prescription, which is the equivalent of a Texas medical marijuana card, from a state-licensed doctor. Luckily, telehealth providers like NuggMD take the stress out of this process.
With NuggMD, all you need to do is:
Texas allows doctors to prescribe cannabis for the following conditions:
Texas allows physicians to complete a medical marijuana evaluation entirely online via video chat using services like NuggMD. So if your condition makes it difficult to travel or if you can't take time off from work, getting your medical marijuana card online may be a great alternative to save hassle and money.
Just visit nuggmd.com/texas and create an account. Upload relevant medical records, input your payment details, and relax in the NuggMD virtual waiting room.
Once your physician has had the chance to review your records, they will meet with you face-to-face using your phone, tablet, or computer. Many patients finish the process in as little as 15 minutes!
NuggMD makes this process risk-free because you're only charged if you're approved.
During the evaluation, make sure your doctor knows about your current medications and medical treatments, along with any other treatments that failed in the past. You may be asked to provide additional medical records, including patient charts, prescriptions, therapy records, test results, or hospital records. You might also want to prepare questions for the physician so you can address any concerns about interactions or side effects. NuggMD physicians are friendly and genuinely want to help patients understand and use cannabis effectively.
If you're approved for cannabis treatment, your physician will submit your prescription to the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT system). Texas patients don't pay a state fee for this. They simply fill their prescription at the dispensary of their choice (more on this below).
The Compassionate Use Program in Texas, or CUP as it's usually referred to, is a program established by the Texas Compassionate Use Act (Senate Bill 339) in 2015. The program allows qualified physicians to prescribe low-THC cannabis (containing less than 1% THC by weight) to patients with specific medical conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, autism, cancer, and neurological diseases.
There are several benefits to getting a medical marijuana prescription in Texas. The most important benefit is that Texas medical marijuana patients have legal access to safe, tested cannabis products. While some Texans are satisfied with delta-8, many of these products are untested and all are unregulated. Contamination with residual chemicals is common and the effects of most of these chemicals are unknown.
Legal MMJ patients in Texas also enjoy access to higher potency natural delta-9 products with up to 1% delta-9 THC by weight. Delta-8 and other minor cannabinoid products must have less than 0.3% delta-9 THC by weight. Similar to the delta-8 products seen in smoke shops, these doses can be 10mg per serving or more but must have other fillers in order to meet the weight-based THC content requirements. So medical cannabis products can contain less unhealthy fillers like sugar and oil in relation to their delta-9 content.
Unlike recreational delta-8 consumers, patients in the Compassionate Use Registry benefit from a tailored treatment plan guided by a medical health professional. Their doctor can help them with dosage, timing, and an assessment of potential interactions with their other medications to help them achieve their treatment goals.
You don't need a medical marijuana card to buy CBD oil in Texas unless that oil contains more than 0.3% delta-9 THC by weight. If you wish to purchase products with between 0.3% and 1% delta-9 THC by weight, you'll need to get a prescription from a physician.
In Texas, you don't have to renew your MMJ card like you do in other states. You simply need to follow up with your physician for a prescription refill. This process is exactly the same as filling your initial prescription.
Most doctors require a follow-up appointment, similar to a medical card renewal in other states, within 3 to 6 months. Your doctor will use this opportunity to assess the effectiveness of your dosage. Be sure to be honest with your physician about your symptoms so they can adjust your treatment plan as necessary.
To qualify for a medical marijuana card in Texas, patients must be permanent residents of the state.
You must be 18 or older to get a Texas medical marijuana prescription. Minors must have the approval and supervision of a parent or guardian.
After your doctor enters the prescription into the CURT system, which is the system dispensaries use to verify prescriptions, you can fill it at the dispensary of your choice to begin medical marijuana treatments. You can find the contact information for Texas's three main dispensaries on the Texas Medical Marijuana Program website.
Renewal times for cannabis prescriptions vary, with most physicians following up 2 to 4 times a year. NuggMD physicians in particular typically prefer a follow-up within 3 months.
You can buy delta-8 cannabis in Texas recreational dispensaries or smoke shops, but if you want clean, tested, safe delta-9 cannabis products, you'll need to get a prescription and purchase your cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary in Texas.
The state maintains a list of approved dispensaries. For instance, if you wish to locate a dispensary in Houston, you can find the contact information for the nearest licensed dispensaries in Texas on the Department of Public Safety website.
Texas doesn't issue medical marijuana cards, but if you wish to purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary in Texas, you'll need to get a prescription from your doctor.
You can buy delta-8 at any smoke shop or recreational dispensary in Texas.
Yes, you can buy CBD gummies containing up to 0.3% delta-9 THC by weight for recreational use so long as they are derived from hemp. You can purchase gummies containing up to 1.0% delta-9 THC for medical use, which can be derived from marijuana. You can purchase gummies containing only CBD oil in Texas and any other state as these are legal now under federal law.
NuggMD is the trusted source for medical cannabis telemedicine in 28 states, available to over 2/3rds of Americans. They’ve won multiple consumer choice awards and have now matched over a million patients to their new medical marijuana doctors, making them the nation's largest provider of medical marijuana telemedicine. Their streamlined video service enables real-time, face-to-face communications with a state-licensed practitioner, and they’re offering evaluations in Texas for just $99 for a limited time. There’s no appointment necessary. Just head on over to NuggMD to get started today.