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Is medical marijuana legal in Texas?

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Texas is well known for having some of the strictest marijuana laws in the country. Even as many other states have moved to legalize recreational marijuana, Texas has remained resistant to doing so.

But what about medical marijuana? This is even more common across the United States than recreational marijuana, so can you use it for medical conditions in Texas?

It only works with very specific conditions

It is possible to get medical marijuana in Texas, but even that is regulated in a stricter fashion than you’re going to find in other states. Some of the conditions that may allow you to qualify to include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease

It is important to note that this list has been expanded in the past. When it began, it was only applicable to epilepsy. But the other disorders noted above have been added, and this means that medical marijuana use could theoretically be expanded in the future. It’s important to know if this has happened or not.

However, this has absolutely no impact on recreational marijuana, and it’s also important to note that you can’t use medical marijuana for a non-qualifying disorder. Even if you feel that it would help you, and even if you are only using it to treat the disorder, this still constitutes a legal infraction if that disorder is not on the list and has not been recognized by the state.

Are you facing charges? If you are facing charges for using marijuana in Texas, it’s critical that you understand all the legal options that you have.