Texas Medical Marijuana List Of Qualifying Conditions

Medically reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya on January 12th, 2023. 

Are you wondering if you’re eligible for medical marijuana in Texas in 2023?

You may be eligible if you are a permanent resident and have been diagnosed with an illness on the list of qualifying conditions.

As of January 2023, the Texas medical marijuana list of conditions includes only ten illnesses. As a result, many patients still struggle to access medicinal cannabis legally. Hopefully, the state will expand the list over time as we’ve seen in other states.

Also, unlike most states, Texas does not issue medical cards. Instead, eligible patients get a cannabis prescription.

Below are the qualifying medical conditions and requirements for medical marijuana in Texas in 2023.

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The Texas Medical Marijuana 2023 List of Qualifying Conditions includes:

  • Seizure disorder
  • Spasticity
  • A medical condition approved for a research program under Subchapter F, Chapter 487, Health and Safety Code, and for which the patient is receiving treatment under that program.

* As defined in the Texas Administrative Code.

Patient holding a medical marijuana card

Qualifying for Medical Marijuana in Texas

Want to know what is required to qualify for medical marijuana in Texas?

Well, to be considered for medicinal cannabis treatment you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a permanent resident of Texas.
  • Your illness must be on the Texas medical marijuana official list of conditions.
  • You must have a marijuana prescription from a Compassionate Use Program (CUP) registered doctor.

It is worth noting that there is no age limit to access medical marijuana in Texas. However, qualifying patients under 18 need to have their parent or legal guardian’s consent.

Out-of-state patients are not eligible for a medical marijuana prescription in Texas.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Prescription in Texas

Getting a medical marijuana prescription in Texas is easy through Quick Med Cards.

Follow the steps below to qualify for medical marijuana in Texas in a few minutes:

1. Schedule an online consultation with a medical marijuana doctor in Texas near you.

2. Attend your appointment through video call.

3. If you qualify, our physician will enter your prescription in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT).

4. Visit any licensed medical marijuana dispensary in Texas to fill your prescription.

If the patient is a minor, their parent or legal guardian must provide additional information. Such as their ID, the last five digits of their Social Security Number, the patient’s last name, and date of birth.

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Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Texas?

The state of Texas legalized medical marijuana in 2015 through the Texas Compassionate-Use Act.

However, compared to other states, the medical marijuana program in Texas is still highly restrictive.

Currently, there are only ten (10) medical conditions added to the list of qualifying conditions in Texas. Furthermore, those who are eligible for cannabis treatment can only access low-THC cannabis products for their treatment. Smoking cannabis is illegal in Texas, both for medical and recreational purposes. So, qualifying patients can only buy medicinal marijuana in the form of capsules, oils, topical creams, and patches.

Common Questions about the Texas Medical Marijuana 2022 List of Conditions

Below are the answers to questions patients have about the qualifying medical conditions in Texas.

What qualifies for compassionate use in Texas?

The Texas Compassionate Use Act lists ten (10) medical conditions that qualify for low-THC cannabis.

These illnesses include ALS, autism, cancer, epilepsy, incurable neurodegenerative diseases, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, seizure disorder, and spasticity. Also, patients receiving treatment for a condition as part of a research program authorized by Subchapter F, Chapter 487 of the Texas Health and Safety Code may qualify.

What are the requirements to get a medical card in Texas?

Getting medical marijuana in Texas is straightforward if you meet the requirements. All you need is to be a permanent resident of Texas with a medical condition eligible for medical marijuana treatment.

Once you check those boxes, you can get a prescription from a CUP-registered physician. With your marijuana prescription, you can buy cannabis from any dispensary in Texas.

Can you get a medical card for anxiety and depression in Texas?

Living with anxiety and depression can be incredibly difficult to manage. Unfortunately, Texans cannot get a medical card at this time to help alleviate their symptoms.

As it stands, neither illness falls into the Texas medical marijuana 2023 list of conditions. As a result, medical marijuana doctors in Texas cannot prescribe cannabis to affected patients.

Can I get medical marijuana in Texas for chronic pain?

Suffering from chronic pain can be debilitating and incredibly challenging to manage. And unfortunately, seeking relief through marijuana is not yet an option.

We hope those suffering from chronic pain will see the illness added to Texas’ list of conditions soon.

Does PTSD qualify for medical marijuana in Texas?

In 2021 through House Bill 1535, Texas added PTSD to the medical marijuana list of conditions.

Therefore those living with PTSD can receive relief through cannabis prescriptions from CUP-registered physicians. With this much-needed option now available, Texans with PTSD can get live fuller, more balanced lives.

What illness qualifies for medical marijuana in Texas?

To qualify for medical marijuana in Texas, a licensed cannabis doctor must diagnose you with an illness on the medical marijuana list of conditions.

These illnesses include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Incurable neurodegenerative diseases
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Seizure disorders
  • Spasticity
  • A medical condition approved for a research program under Subchapter F, Chapter 487, Health and Safety Code, and for which the patient is receiving treatment under that program.

Can you get medical marijuana in Texas for arthritis?

No, you cannot get medical marijuana for arthritis in Texas

Arthritis is a painful and unrelenting condition. Yet, patients in Texas face immense difficulty managing the chronic pain and inflammation associated with their arthritis because it is not on the list of qualifying conditions.

Can a Texas resident get a medical card?

Getting a medical card as a permanent resident of Texas diagnosed with a qualifying condition is not difficult.

All you need is a marijuana prescription from a licensed cannabis doctor in the state. With a marijuana prescription, you can access low-THC cannabis products from state dispensaries.

Patient Resources and Forms

How to Contact the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas

State Agency: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Phone: (512) 424-7293

Address: 

Texas Department of Public Safety
Compassionate Use Program – MSC 0240
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0240

Website: https://www.texas.gov/health-services/texas-medical-marijuana/