The state of Texas legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2015. However, initially, the use of medical marijuana was only approved for intractable epilepsy. This was the initial version of the Compassionate Use Act, which formed the basis for the current Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT).
In 2019, Governor Greg Abbot signed House Bill 3703, which provided additional qualifying conditions for a medical card. It is important to note that even though people in Houston use the term medical card or medical marijuana card, in Texas, it is actually a medical marijuana prescription that is provided to patients. This medical marijuana prescription is entered into CURT so dispensaries and physicians treating the patient have access to the prescription.
Current Qualifying Conditions for a Medical Card
Today, patients in and around Houston and throughout the state can meet the qualifying conditions for a medical card with a diagnosis of any additional medical and psychological conditions.
In addition to intractable epilepsy, patients can qualify for a medical marijuana prescription if they are diagnosed with MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, cancer, autism, spasticity, PTSD, or a qualifying seizure or neurodegenerative disease. Medical marijuana doctors in Houston can also approve patients for a medical marijuana prescription for other medical conditions of the same class. Meeting with the doctor is important if a patient believes they qualify for a medical marijuana prescription.
Within Texas, patients see their medical marijuana doctor using telemedicine platforms. This is done for all appointments, including initial appointments and follow-ups.