In Texas, there is no such thing as a medical marijuana card. Many other states regulate medical marijuana through the use of a state-issued identification card obtained after a consultation with a licensed physician. These cards are valid for one to two years, depending on the state.
Here in Texas, things are a little different.
In 2017, the Compassionate Use Act made medical cannabis legal for the first time, but only for the treatment of intractable epilepsy.
Since then, the legislature has expanded the act to cover a broader range of medical conditions, including all seizure disorders, traumatic brain injury from sports or other forms of physical trauma, all forms of dementia, including vascular dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and more.
Neuropathy, Autism and other spectrum disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, terminal cancer, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and a long list of progressive neurodegenerative disorders are all qualifying conditions.
But what about the medical marijuana card?
In Texas, medical marijuana card – also known as low-dose THC – is prescribed similarly to traditional medications, with no need for a card.
Low-dose THC prescriptions are entered into a database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety by physicians who have been approved to do so.
The CURT monitoring system is the name of the database system. Prescriptions are renewed at the discretion of the physician. Depending on the medical diagnosis and complexity, visits can last anywhere from a few months to a year once a working dose has been obtained.
The patient’s identification and Texas residency are confirmed once the doctor’s evaluation is completed. The doctor then enters the patient’s information and the prescription into the CURT system.
After the patient and prescription have been entered into the database, the patient can fill the prescription at one of three dispensaries.
The patient does not have a card; the legal documentation required is the prescription on the medicine.
Employers and pain doctors who want to verify your legal status in the program can call the DPS Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1-833-244-6702.
The three dispensaries are:
1. Surterra Wellness
600 Congress Ave
Austin, TX. 78701
2. Compassionate Cultivation
12701 Lowden Lane, Building 501
Manchaca, TX. 78652