Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Texas: What to know; What Might Be Next – Reform Austin


If you’re one of more than a million Texans who qualify for a medical marijuana prescription to help with myriad diseases and conditions, the pandemic has only tightened your options for where you can find help. 

Compassionate Cultivation is one of three licensed medical marijuana dispensaries still open during the pandemic. Surterra Wellness, which has multiple locations in major cities across the state, is offering medical cannabis delivery. The third licensed dispensary is Cansortium Texas in Austin. 

Texas has had a long, complicated history with medical marijuana, but medical cannabis can have a huge affect on the quality of life of some Texans — like those who are struggling with incurable neurodegenerative diseases.

Medically prescribed cannabis can — now officially — help with the 100 conditions and diseases deemed qualifying by the Department of State Health Services through House Bill 3703, which was passed this past December. Some of the conditions include epilepsy, autism, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

What should you do if you’re a potential patient? 

If you’re suffering from one of these conditions or diseases, the next step is contacting a dispensary like Compassionate Cultivation and meeting with a doctor who can determine that the risk of low-THC cannabis is reasonable in light of the potential benefit for you.  Potential patients can look for a doctor or check if their doctor is part of the Compassionate Use Registry here.

As of just a few years ago, fewer than 20 doctors across the state were registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety to prescribe medical marijuana. 

A prescription for medical marijuana is currently allowed in inhaler and cannabis oil (with less than 0.5% THC) form; it is not able to be smoked. There is no age limit to qualify

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