Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Marijuana
Who Qualifies for Medical Marijuana in Texas?
The Texas Department of Health has approved a number of qualifying conditions that will allow patients to access medical marijuana in Texas. The qualifying conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana treatment in Texas include a number of chronic or debilitating conditions.
Why Do I Need A Texas Medical Marijuana Card?
A Texas medical marijuana card shows that your name has been added to the Texas Medical Marijuana Registry. With this card, you can:
1. Buy marijuana from dispensaries in the State of Texas
2. Possess marijuana and marijuana products in Texas
3. Consume marijuana and marijuana products in Texas
A Texas medical marijuana card is a personal identification card that shows the patient is a legal Texas registered Medical Marijuana Patient.
How Do I Get a Texas Medical Marijuana Card?
To obtain your medical marijuana card in Texas, you must suffering from one of the qualifying conditions and have medical records document your condition. Next, you will need to schedule an appointment to meet with a certified physician to get a recommendation for medical marijuana treatment. Our staff here at Texas Marijuana Card is here to simplify the process, connecting you with a certified doctor and filing all your necessary paperwork!
Once you received your written recommendation, you must submit an application to the Texas Department of Health to obtain your card.
Am I Guaranteed to Get Approved for Medical Marijuana After Visiting a Texas Marijuana Doctor's Office?
We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments. However, you do not have to worry as the entire cost of an appointment will be a nominal flat fee if you, for whatever reason, are not approved by the doctor.
What Conditions Make a Patient Eligible for Medical Marijuana in Texas?
According to Amendment 2, you may be eligible for medical marijuana treatment in Texas if you suffer from the following:
Other Debilitating Condition of Like, Kind, Or Class
Additionally, Amendment 2 allows Texas medical marijuana doctors to recommend patients for medical marijuana treatment after diagnosing them with “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class.” These conditions may include:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Other conditions that result in traumatic stress
Severe & Chronic Pain
Sickle Cell Anemia
How Do I Get a Texas Marijuana Card?
Our team specializes in helping patients across the state of Texas obtain their medical marijuana cards. Our doctors are here to help you through the process. Give us a call, or send us a message, if you’d like to find out more information about how you can get your medical marijuana card in Texas.
When Will I Receive My Identification Card?
Once you submit your application to the Texas Department of Health, it can take 7-21 business days to process. Once your application is approved, you will receive your card.
What is the Cost for a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas?
Some doctors charge an exorbitant amount of money just for an initial examination. We feel strongly that if you qualify for medical marijuana, you shouldn't have trouble accessing it due to cost. As such, we offer a variety of payment methods, including monthly payment plan options and discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts to those who spread the word about our services. After the first appointment, all required follow-ups are free for 12 months.
If My Registry Identification Card Expired and I Didn’t Submit My Renewal Application Before the Deadline, Am I Still Eligible to Purchase Medical Marijuana?
No. When your card expires, you will not be able to purchase any product from a dispensary until your card is renewed.
Where Can Patients Purchase Medical Marijuana?
Once you have obtained a recommendation from a registered doctor and received your Texas Medical Marijuana Card, you will be able to purchase medical cannabis products at any of the licensed dispensaries located throughout Texas.
Do I Have to Buy My Marijuana from One of the Dispensaries?
Yes. All patients must purchase products from a licensed Texas medical marijuana dispensary.
Where Are Dispensaries Located in Texas?
Medical marijuana dispensaries are currently open throughout the state of Texas. For a detailed look at where to find your nearest dispensary, visit our dispensary location master list.
How Much Medical Marijuana Can be Purchased from the Dispensary?
Texas law states that patients may not purchase more than 2.5 ounces (70.8 grams) of smokable marijuana within a given 35-day stretch of time.
Will My Insurance or Medicaid Pay for My Marijuana?
We encourage you to contact your insurance provider or Medicaid official for an answer. However, we are not aware of any insurance providers that cover the costs of medical marijuana at present.
How Much Does Medical Marijuana Cost in Texas?
The cost of medical marijuana varies as prices are set by each dispensary. To look at menus and see the prices of medical marijuana, please visit our Texas Dispensary Locations Page.
What is A Medical Marijuana Caregiver, and How Many Can I Have?
Caregivers are individuals who may visit dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana products on behalf of a patient. All caregivers must first register with the Texas Medical Marijuana Use Registry before accessing dispensaries.
How Do I Apply To Be A Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Texas?
In order to become a caregiver for a patient, you must apply through the Texas Medical Marijuana Use Registry. Caregivers must also complete a caregiver certification course by Texas Department of Health.
Additional requirements for becoming a caregiver include:
A caregiver must be 21 years of age or older.
A caregiver cannot be a qualified physician.
A caregiver cannot be employed within any industry that could benefit economically from the activities on behalf of the patient such as a medical marijuana treatment center or marijuana testing laboratory.
If caregivers are not a close relative to the patient, a background check may also be required.
How Many Caregivers Can a Texas Medical Marijuana Patient Have?
A qualified medical marijuana patient may designate no more than one caregiver, unless:
The patient is a minor and the caregivers are parents or legal guardians of the patient;
The patient is an adult who has an intellectual or developmental disability that prevents the patient from being able to care for himself or herself without assistance or supervision and the designated caregivers are the parents or legal guardians of the qualified patient; or
The patient is admitted to a hospice program.
Can My Employer Still Drug Test Me for Marijuana if I Am A Registered Patient?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. Texas does not provide protection to medical marijuana patients from employee drug testing. It will be left to the discretion of each employer whether they wish to recognize an employee's medical marijuana approval as an exemption to company drug testing policies. However, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment based on an individual’s past or present status as a caregiver or a qualifying patient.
What is the Cost for a Medical Marijuana Card in Texas?
Once you've been approved by a certified doctor and received a medical marijuana recommendation, you will need to submit an application along with a $75 processing fee to the Texas Department of Health in order to receive your marijuana card. This card will expire after 12 months.
Are There Limits on How Much Medical Marijuana Can be Purchased from a Dispensary?
Based on the laws in other states that have medical marijuana programs, there most likely will be specific limits as to how much marijuana can be purchased by a patient.
Are Patients Allowed to Grow Their Own Medical Marijuana at Home?
No, Texas medical marijuana patients are prohibited from growing medical marijuana at home under Texas law. All medical marijuana is required to be purchased from one of the state-approved dispensary locations.
Is My Personal Information Kept Confidential?
The privacy of our patients is our top priority. We go through great lengths to ensure that all patient information is protected and kept confidential in our HIPAA-compliant file storage system. We will also never share any of your contact information with any third party.