Texas Cannabis Laws

Conditions Low THC Cannabis Can Treat

Treatable conditions include:

  1. Spasticity (muscle spams)
  2. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  3. Peripheral Neuropathy (including Diabetic)
  4. Autism and other spectrum disorders
  5. Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
  6. Alzheimer's and Similar
  7. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  8. Cancer

Treatable symptoms include:

  1. Pain
  2. Sleep Disruption
  3. Depression
  4. Anxiety
  5. Nausea

In compliance with proposed state laws that are set for the 87th legislature, TXMMD will also be able to recommend low THC cannabis for symptoms.

Current Events and Legal History in Texas

In 2015, the 84th Texas legislative session enacted the Texas compassionate use at Senate Bill 339 requiring the Department of Public Safety to create a secure registry of physicians treating intractable epilepsy patients with low THC cannabis. In 2019 the 86th Texas legislature expanded the program to include additional medical conditions and physician specialties for which low THC cannabis may be prescribed. The Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) system has undergone the necessary modifications to allow additional physician specialty registrations and support patient prescriptions for these additional conditions (House Bill 3703).

Bill HB 1535

Governor Gregg Abbott signed the bill into law on June 15, 2021. This bill allows for all forms of cancer patients with PTSD to now quality for the program while increasing the THC cap from 0.5 percent to 1 percent and facilitates research programs. Additionally, a bill which codify patient protections for those who are in the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP) and protect them from being harassed by child protective services takes effect on September 1, 2021. We will keep you updated as these new additions to the Texas Compassionate Use Program rolls out.

A record six bills regarding cannabis policy passed from the Texas House to the Senate this session. Additionally, the House held committee hearings for thirteen (13) cannabis bills. Bills were sent to the Senate which would:

  1. Reduce the penalty for THC concentrates from a felony to Class B misdemeanor (HB 2593)
  2. Reduce the penalty for possession of marijuana flower and eliminate jail time for possessing small amounts (HB 441)
  3. Enshrine patient protections (HB 567) - PASSED
  4. Improve the Texas Hemp Program (HB 3948)