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Cannabis and the Law

This guide gives an overview of the rapidly evolving laws concerning marijuana and CBD oil.

 Texas's Compassionate-Use Program

In 2015, Texas passed the Compassionate-Use Act, which allowed the first legal use of low-THC cannabis products in the state for patients with intractible epilepsy. It was expanded in 2019 to include other conditions.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of Texas law that govern the medical use of low-THC cannabis. In the past, the Compassionate-Use Program only applied to patients with intractable epilepsy. HB 3703, which went into effect on June 14,2019, expanded the Compassionate-Use Program. The new legislation allows qualified physicians to prescribe low-THC marijuana to patients diagnosed with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, austism, terminal cancer, or an incurable neurodegenerative disease. 

If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Find a Participating Physician

The Texas Department of Public Safety operates CURT, the Compassionate-Use Registry of Texas. This database can help you find nearby physicians who are registered to prescribe low-THC cannabis.

Understanding the Law

Reading the law itself can be complicated. To help you understand the law, below we link to resources that attempt to explain the law in simple terms. 

Medical Marijuana and Gun Rights

Under the restrictions of the Gun Control Act, it is illegal for a person "who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance" to possess, receive, or transport firearms or ammunition.  This has raised concerns that participating in a medical marijuana program may cost patients their rights to possess firearms. The following links provide more information and context, but do not yet address how Second Amendment rights may be affected by the use of CBD or hemp-derived products as that is still a developing area of law.