Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ Card. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.
Table of Content
- Getting a Texas Medical Marijuana Card Online
- Who Can Apply?
- What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Texas?
- How do I Apply?
- What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
- How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Texas?
- What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Texas?
- What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
- Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
- How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
- Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Texas?
- Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
- Does Texas Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
- Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin
- History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Texas
- Current Texas Medical Marijuana Laws
- Useful Links
Getting a Texas Medical Marijuana Card Online
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As a telehealth platform helping people easily obtain their medical marijuana cards, Leafwell will soon help our clients quickly and securely get a Texas Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Texas understand the importance of applying for their Texas MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA-compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform.
Who Can Apply?
To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas, you must be a legal resident of Texas.
Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can have a parent or legal guardian apply on their behalf.
There is no information on the Texas Compassionate Use Program website about a caregiver program. We are looking into this and will provide more information as soon as possible.
There is no registration fee or program to sign up to but your information will be retained in the compassionate use registry after your physician has entered this information, following your approval.
What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Texas?
Please note that the Texas Compassionate Use Program is a Low-THC program. As an MMJ Card holder in Texas, you are permitted to possess:
- Any amount of low-THC, high-CBD oil
- Low-THC is considered less than 0.5%
- Products cannot be smoked, even if they are less than 0.5% THC
Marijuana is not recreationally legal in Texas and laws are very strict.
How do I Apply?
With Leafwell, you can get your Texas Medical Marijuana Card in 5 simple steps:
1. Register online with Leafwell
You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Texas medical marijuana card online and complete your payment details. You are only billed if approved.
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2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card
The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.
3. Receive your certificate from Leafwell
This is a certificate which says that your doctor recommends you become a cannabis patient under the state’s current laws and this certificate is required to apply for your MMJ Card. It will be emailed to you immediately after your successful appointment.
4. Complete the Application on the government website
Upload the certificate into the ‘My Certifications’ page within your Compassionate Use Registry of Texas.
5. Get approved and buy medical marijuana
The state will review your application and, once approved, your details will be validated by the state and you will be able to fulfil your prescription using your preferred dispensary. There is no physical card in Texas so you won’t need to wait for anything to be posted to you.
What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarize themselves with your application before your consultation.
The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Texas registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.
At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether they recommend the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification, which will be promptly emailed in PDF form, ready to be uploaded as part of an application to the Texas government.
If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.
Once obtained, the certification will last for one year.
How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Texas?
The initial consultation with one of the Texas registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a flat fee. This will be announced once we go live. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.
There is no state fee for completing your medical marijuana application to the Texas state.
Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Texas because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.
What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Texas?
According to Texas law in 2021, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Texas:
- A seizure disorder
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- An incurable neurodegenerative disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Terminal cancer
Note that this list is up to date as of January 2021. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.
What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Texas, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You will also be asked to provide your Driver’s License Number.
Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history.
This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.
How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
There is no information on the CURT website about caregivers. However, patients under the age of 18, minors, can have their parent or legal guardian apply on their behalf, thereby effectively acting as their caregiver.
Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Texas?
No, it is illegal to cultivate marijuana in Texas.
Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.
Does Texas Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:
- Alaska ^
- Arkansas *
- California ^
- Colorado ^
- Hawaii *
- Oklahoma *
- Oregon ^
- Rhode Island
- Washington ^
- Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.
Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin
While Texas as a state has relatively severe charges in place for cannabis possession, several municipalities more lenient punishments:
- El Paso – called for legalization in 2009 but this resolution was vetoed by mayor. In 2017, it adopted the First Chance Program and the cite-and-release policy in 2020
- Austin – instituted cite-and-release for small possession amounts in 2009. It moved to eliminate penalties for up to 4 ounce possessions in 2020.
- Harris – launched First Chance Intervention Program in 2014. This was followed by the Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program in 2017
- Dallas – adopted cite-and-release policy in 2017. This was expanded to announce that individuals caught in possession of misdemeanour amounts of cannabis would not be prosecuted for first-time offences and subsequent offences would lead to diversionary courses in 2019
- Bexar County – adopted cite-and-release policy in 2017. In 2019, they expanded this program to stop prosecutions of less than one ounce of cannabis
- Travis County – approved a diversion program in 2017
Regardless of where you are in Texas, you can get a medical marijuana card with Leafwell, MD and our network of state-licensed physicians. Wherever you are in Texas, if you hold an MMJ Card, you can easily find a dispensary where you can purchase the marijuana products you require. Check back here soon to find the details for our clinics in Texas.
Remember: you don’t have to visit a clinic in-person in order to qualify for a certificate and MMJ card in Texas – you can do it all online, with Leafwell!
History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Texas
Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Texas:
- 1931 – possession was banned statewide and possession of any amount was a felony offence which carried a potential prison sentence of anywhere from 2 years to lif
- 1973 – penalties for cannabis offences are significantly reduced (possession of up to two ounces reduced to $1000 fine and a prison sentence of no more than 180 days)
- 2015 – the Texas Compassionate Use Act is enacted. It required DPS to create a secure registry of physicians who treat epilepsy for the purpose of prescribing low-THC cannabis to their patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy
- 2019 – bill approved by House of Representatives to reduce possession of up to one ounce from Class B to Class C misdemeanour but this was stopped by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick from reaching the Senate
- 2019 – the qualifying conditions for eligible treatment expanded from epilepsy to include terminal cancer, autism, MS, ALS, seizure disorders and incurable neurological disorders
Current Texas Medical Marijuana Laws
Possession of up to two ounces is currently a class B misdemeanour and carries up to 180 days in prison, a $2000 fine and the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license. However, many municipalities have more lenient penalties in place.
To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas, get in touch with the expert Leafwell team today or use any of these verified resources below:
- Information about the Compassionate Use Program
- Information from MPP – Texas
- Texas Occupations Code §169.001
- FAQs from Texas Department of Public Safety
And remember to join our waitlist to become one of our first patients when we open in Texas, very soon.