No. Adult-use marijuana dispensaries are illegal in Houston as the city abides by the state law prohibiting recreational weed and adult-use dispensaries in the state.
The only brick-and-mortar store for obtaining medical marijuana in Houston opened in June 2022. However, Houston medical marijuana patients may only arrange to pick up their prescriptions at the store as Texas regulations prohibit the dispensary from storing medical marijuana on-site. Hence, walk-in orders are currently not accepted. Note that medical marijuana became legal in Houston and Texas with the approval of the Compassionate Use Act in 2015.
No. You cannot purchase weed online as recreational cannabis sales are illegal in the city. However, you can purchase medical marijuana online legally in the city.
In Houston, there are no authorized adult-use dispensaries. So, you cannot yet legally buy weed in the city. However, you may visit a medical marijuana store to pick up your medical marijuana orders.
Recreational cannabis dispensaries are illegal in Houston; hence, there are currently no dispensary laws in the city.
In Houston, recreational cannabis is illegal, and possession of 2 ounces or less of the substance is considered a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days imprisonment and a $2,000 fine for first-time offenders. Upon conviction, the offender's driver's license may also be suspended. The home cultivation of cannabis is also illegal in Houston.
Houston's medical marijuana laws are the same as the state-enacted medical marijuana laws. In June 2015, the Texas legislature passed the Texas Compassionate Use Act, permitting organizations to grow, process, and dispense low-THC cannabis to qualifying patients. To qualify as a medical marijuana patient in Texas, you must be enrolled in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT).
CURT permits approved physicians to register and recommend medical cannabis products with up to 1% THC concentration to qualifying persons. Note that medical marijuana use is limited to ingestion, as smoking THC products are not allowed. In order to be eligible to register in the CURT, you must be a permanent resident in a Texas location and suffer from one of the approved medical conditions. The use of medical cannabis outside the provisions of CUA is a criminal offense.
The State of Texas and the City of Houston do not issue or require medical marijuana patients to obtain medical marijuana cards before possessing or purchasing medical cannabis. To purchase medical cannabis, you only need to be registered in the Texas Compassionate Use Registry (CURT) and have a valid prescription from a qualified healthcare provider. In order to be registered in the CURT, you must:
Have one of the following health conditions:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Be a permanent resident of Houston or any Texas State location
Have a CUP-registered physician decide and attest that the benefits of medical marijuana use outweigh the risk
While there is no age limit for obtaining prescriptions or completing registrations in the CURT, Houston residents under 18 may require legal guardians or parents. After obtaining a prescription from a licensed physician, the physician will enter the prescription in the CURT (patients do not register in the CURT by themselves). You may place an order online to fill the prescription.
You cannot consume adult-use cannabis in Texas, as recreational weed is illegal. While medical cannabis is legal and the state medical cannabis law does not state any restrictions on where patients may legally consume medical cannabis, it is recommended that you avoid consuming medical marijuana in public.
There are no legal ways to buy recreational cannabis in Houston, as adult-use cannabis is illegal in the city. However, you may order medical cannabis online and pick up the delivery at a medical cannabis dispensary in the city.
An ounce of high-quality medical cannabis in Houston costs about $450. Adult-use cannabis sales are illegal in the city.
With many cannabis strains containing high concentrations of THC, only products containing no more than 1% THC (typically obtained from hemp) may be sold to medical marijuana patients in the city. Physicians usually prescribe capsules, tablets, and tinctures containing no more than 1% THC. Smokable flower is illegal.
No. Cannabis smoking is illegal in Houston.
Cannabis possession is illegal in Houston as cannabis remains illegal in Texas. While qualified and registered medical marijuana patients may possess cannabis, their possession limits are set by their physicians and specified in their prescriptions.
No. Shipping cannabis in Houston is prohibited as cannabis remains illegal in the city and Texas. Even in jurisdictions where cannabis is legal, shipping cannabis across state lines is a federal offense and can be penalized severely.
You cannot order adult-use cannabis online in Houston. However, you may order medical cannabis if you are a qualified and registered patient.
No. There are currently no approved 24-hour cannabis dispensaries in Houston.
Tourists cannot use weed dispensaries in Houston as the city bans the operations of recreational cannabis dispensaries.
Currently, it is illegal to purchase recreational weed within Houston, as weed dispensaries are illegal in the city. However, if you are a medical marijuana patient, you may pick up your order at a medical cannabis dispensary in the city. To pick up your medical cannabis order, you must provide your physician-issued prescription and an ID, and answer a few verification questions to confirm your identity.
There are no approved adult-use cannabis dispensaries in Houston. As of August 2022, only Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation operates a medical marijuana store for Houston residents to pick up their medical marijuana orders in the city.
There are no adult-use weed dispensaries in the city. The only medical marijuana store in the city only permits residents to pick up their orders. On arrival, only your medical marijuana prescription and ID are required to verify your identity. The dispensary does not retain your personal information.
No dispensaries are authorized to dispense adult-use marijuana in the City of Houston. Only one permanent location for dispensing medical marijuana exists in the city.
Dispensaries are not permitted within the borders of Houston. However, for medical marijuana orders, you can make payment by cash, money order, or check. You may also be able to pay for medical marijuana products using CanPay and AeroPay.
You cannot visit a recreational dispensary in Houston as adult-use cannabis dispensaries are banned in the city.
There are no authorized adult-use marijuana dispensaries in the City of Houston. Although medical marijuana is available in the city for approved persons, health insurance will not pay for medical marijuana as they operate under federal law, which still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance under the Controlled Substances Act. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Schedule I drugs, such as marijuana, have no accepted medical use and are illegal under federal law.
However, if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA), you may provide the associated PIN with the card to complete a transaction for medical marijuana products when purchasing with Texas Original medical marijuana store in Houston. If you provide the PIN with the card, Texas Original can provide you with a receipt for reimbursement.
While adult-use dispensaries do not operate in Houston, medical marijuana dispensaries use the Compassionate Use Registry (CURT) to search for patients' information before filling any related prescriptions. Hence, medical marijuana purchases are tracked in the city.
Houston has no approved recreational marijuana dispensary. However, there are no stated age restrictions for qualified persons to access medical marijuana under state law. Still, persons under 18 may require the help of legal guardians or parents to obtain medical marijuana.
The Texas Department of Public Safety regulates medical cannabis in the state. To contact the Texas DPS, visit at:
5805 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752-4431
Or contact the department via mail at:
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001
For further information on contacting the Texas DPS, visit the department’s website.