The Compassionate Use Act in Texas

Many substances are illegal for Texans to have or possess, such as cocaine or heroin. However, the law surrounding cannabis and marijuana has become clouded over time. That is because many states outside of Texas have legalized the recreational use of the substances by adults.

Texas does, though, have some exceptions to cannabis use for individuals who suffer from some medical conditions. There are rules regarding how and where such individuals procure their cannabis, and those rules are codified in the state’s Compassionate Use Act. This post will generally discuss the Compassionate Use Act but not part of it should be read as legal advice.

Who is covered by the Compassionate Use Act?

The Compassionate Use Act does not allow anyone to buy and use cannabis oil for their own personal enjoyment. That right is reserved for individuals who suffer from serious medical conditions. Many of these conditions fall under the category of incurable neurodegenerative diseases, like muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, and many others.

How do seriously ill individuals procure cannabis legally?

Generally, individuals who qualify under the Compassionate Use Act cannot walk into their local pharmacies to pick up their permitted cannabis. Instead, they must go to state licensed locations that are authorized to dispense the otherwise controlled and illegal substances. Individuals may not grow their own plants for use, and they may not possess cannabis in forms other than the appropriate concentrations of oil.

It is a difficult balance to understand who may possess and use cannabis in Texas and who may not. For many, possession of such items may be criminal and may lead to serious drug charges. Not part of this post is offered as legal guidance, and all individuals facing alleged drug crimes can speak with their trusted criminal defense attorneys.