Licensed dispensing organizations are permitted to dispense cannabis products to registered medical marijuana patients in Texas, but they cannot sell cannabis for recreational use. Per the Texas Controlled Substances Act, cannabis is a Schedule I controlled substance; therefore, its use or sale for recreational purposes is prohibited. The state legalized medical cannabis in 2015 through Senate Bill 339 (the Texas Compassionate Use Act). Nevertheless, according to the provisions of this Act, dispensing organizations in the state can only dispense low-THC cannabis products containing less than 1% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) administers the state's Compassionate Use Program (CUP). If a physician qualified to recommend low-THC cannabis prescribes medical marijuana treatment for a patient, they will enroll the patient in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT). After a patient is registered in the CURT, they may obtain low-THC cannabis products from licensed dispensing organizations in the state. However, a medical marijuana patient must provide government-issued photo identification before they can buy low-THC cannabis at a dispensary.
The Texas Compassionate Use Act does not specifically address the delivery of low-THC cannabis products to patients. Nevertheless, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) allows licensed dispensing organizations to deliver low-THC cannabis products to registered medical marijuana patients at home.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) lists the names and contact information of licensed dispensing organizations in the state. Medical marijuana patients should fill their prescriptions at licensed dispensing organizations to ensure they get low-THC cannabis products with the correct proportions of compounds. When looking for a dispensary, a medical marijuana patient can check different dispensing organizations' websites to see the listings of cannabis products they have in stock. Also, medical marijuana patients should look out for dispensaries with properly labeled products and friendly staff who know about the cannabis products on their shelves.