TEXAS MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD
What medical documentation is required for elibgibility?
Since our physicians will not be performing any diagnostic procedures on patients for medical marijuana evaluations; we require diagnosis documentation prior to initial visit to allow for prescribing physicians to properly prepare for appointment to ensure the adequate standard of care is met for the patient.
What is the age requirement for registry with the Compassionate Use Registry?
- There are no current age minimums for eligibility in the Texas Compassionate Use Program however; any individual considered a minor by state statute must have written consent from parent/legal guardian
- Documentation of legal guardianship required prior to appointment (i.e, birth certificate; adoption decrees, divorce decrees, etc).
- Designated proxies for minor patients will be allowed to obtain a patient’s prescription from the dispensing organization and will be required to show proof of identification; patient’s last name, patient D.O.B, and last 5 of SSN for verification purposes at every pick up.
How does a patient register with the Compassionate Use Registry?
It is the responsibility of the qualified physician to enter the patient into the Compassionate Use Registry where patient medical information/records will be retained along with prescription information.
Does Texas statute share reciprocity with any other prescribing state?
With some of the strictest regulations regarding medical marijuana in the country Texas does not share medical marijuana reciprocity with any other State. While some states (an example would be Missouri and Oklahoma) will allow valid card holders in one state to request temporary card passes in another state in the event of long term travel. Texas does not issue “medical marijuana cards” as most other medical states have; but rather issues a specific prescription to patients that can only be obtained within the prescribing state.
Is there a registration fee for the Compassionate Use Program?
At this time, there are no fees required for patient registry into the Compassionate Use Registry required by the State of Texas; however, individual evaluation and assessment fees may apply.
Does participation in the Texas Compassionate Use Program affect rights to firearm ownership/handling?
While participation in Texas Compassionate Use Program does not disqualify eligible United States citizens from firearm ownership in and of itself, if it is determined that the patient has a qualifying condition that may otherwise decrease ability to experience sound judgement then the Department of Public Safety may interfere by referring the matter to the Medical Advisory Board (DSHS). If it is believed that the qualifying condition puts patient at risk of being “incapable of exercising sound judgement with respect to proper use and storage of firearm” then it is possible for the State to deny/revoke the individual’s License to Carry (LTC) to ensure safety of patient and general public.
What is low-content THC and what is the THC cap in Texas ?
Prior to September 2021, Texas Compassionate Use Program had a maximum THC content of no more than .05% for all medical marijuana patients. After the September 2021 amendment; that THC maximum was raised to from .05%-1% which allows physicians to essentially prescribe patients less of the actual plant.
-Examples of THC content in high-grade flower from other medical states can range from 24-33% so it would take much less of the plant to achieve desired results by patients in other states but the increase in the THC cap will be helpful for both patients and prescribing physicians.