How to Become a Patient in Texas

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.

Patients and their caregivers are permitted use and have low-THC cannabis for medical purposes as permitted by prescription. Medical cannabis must be purchased from a dispensary in accordance with prescription. Patients must suffer from intractable epilepsy.

What's Allowed
The amount of low-THC medical cannabis a patient may poses is determined by their physician's prescription.

Eligible Conditions
The only eligible condition in Texas is intractable epilepsy which 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 their legal representative. A minor patient must receive a second confirming opinion from another doctor certified to dispense medical cannabis.

Application Process
Though the application process has not been finalized presumably a patient will only need to receive a prescription from their neurologist, who would then be responsible for submitting that patient's information to the state.

A physician authorized to prescribe low-THC cannabis if they: are licensed in the state of Texas, dedicate a "significant portion" of their clinical practice to treating epilepsy, 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.

Source: Americans for Safe Access
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