A medical marijuana caregiver is a person who can legally administer cannabis to a registered medical marijuana patient or obtain medical marijuana from a dispensary on behalf of a patient. Texas legalized medical marijuana in 2015 through Senate Bill 339 (the Texas Compassionate Use Act). This Act does not contain provisions for becoming a medical marijuana caregiver. However, a parent or legal guardian of a registered medical marijuana patient, who is below the age of 18, may legally obtain cannabis products containing less than 1% of tetrahydrocannabinol (low-THC products) from dispensaries on behalf of their ward. In such a case, the parent or legal guardian must show proof of identification before getting cannabis at a dispensing organization.
The Texas Compassionate Use Act does not specify any formal process for becoming a medical marijuana caregiver in the state. However, if a qualified physician recommends medical marijuana for a minor, they will document their parent's or legal guardian's name and social security number (SSN) in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT). The Texas Compassionate Use Program (CUP) is administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Senate Bill 339 does not contain provisions for a medical marijuana caregiver program in Texas. Therefore, there are no designated medical marijuana caregivers in the state.
There are no official medical marijuana caregivers in Texas. Nevertheless, parents or legal guardians of registered medical marijuana patients, acting as caregivers, may buy, possess, and transport low-THC cannabis products on behalf of their patients. The Texas Compassionate Use Act does not specify the maximum quantity of low-THC cannabis products that a registered medical marijuana patient's parent or legal guardian may possess.
Per the Texas Compassionate Use Act, it is illegal for registered medical marijuana patients to grow cannabis plants at home. Also, the parents or legal guardians of registered medical marijuana patients cannot cultivate cannabis plants on behalf of their patients. Only licensed dispensing organizations are allowed to grow cannabis for the production of low-THC cannabis products in the state.