What Is the Texas Compassionate Use Act?

The Texas Compassionate Use Act allows eligible patients who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions to access low-THC cannabis. The legislation, passed in 2015, originally limited medical marijuana for patients with intractable epilepsy. In 2019, this law was expanded to include spasticity, terminal cancer, autism, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, as well as non-curable neurodegenerative diseases.

In order to qualify for low-THC marijuana under the Compassionate Use Act:

  • Patients must be permanent residents of Texas
  • Patients must get a prescription from a doctor who is board-certified in a specialty relevant to their condition
  • The product must contain 10% cannabidiol (CBD) & no more than .5% THC
  • The doctor must enter the prescription in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas
  • The patient must retrieve the product from a licensed marijuana dispenser

While there is no age requirement under the Compassionate Use Act, CBD products are not covered by insurance, and minors must have parental consent.

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