As in all states with laws that support the use of medical marijuana, there are specific qualifying medical and psychological conditions that are included under Texas law. The number of approved qualifying medical and psychological conditions is less than in some states, but the named eligible conditions are steadily increasing, and the legislature recognizes the research around the use of medical marijuana.
If a patient in the Houston area wants to obtain a medical card, which is a medical marijuana prescription in the state, he or she must have one of these conditions. The prescription is stored in the CURT or the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas. Any approved dispensary in the state can access the prescription and fill the patient’s medical marijuana order. There is no need for a patient in Texas to carry a medical card, and the state does not issue MMJ cards.
Initially, the state of Texas only accepted intractable epilepsy as a qualifying condition. They have added several more conditions, including MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, cancer, autism, spasticity, and PTSD. Patients can also qualify with many different types of seizure disorders or with incurable neurodegenerative diseases.
Without the need to carry a medical card, patients in Houston never have to worry about replacing lost cards or keeping their medical marijuana card in a secure location. Additionally, approved dispensaries have the required information to fill the prescription for patient pick-up or shipment directly to their home.