Texas Compassionate Use Registry

  1. Texarkana Ketamine Clinic is the only Clinic in Bowie County and surrounding areas registered with the State of Texas to write a prescription for Low-THC prescriptions.
  2. You will need documentation of a qualifying medical condition prior to an appointment being made for evaluation.
  3. We do not provide any new diagnosis and will require you to provide proof of diagnosis by a qualified medical professional.
    (We can perform the evaluation in person or via HIPPA secure video conference.)
  4. The approved medical conditions for which low-THC cannabis may be prescribed are:
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
    • Autism
    • Cancer
    • Epilepsy
    • Incurable
    • Neurodegenerative Diseases (complete list here)
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Spasticity

Compassionate Use Registry of Texas

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) administers the Compassionate Use Program (CUP) in Texas, under the authority of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 487. Through the program, DPS operates a secure online registry of qualified physicians who can prescribe low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to patients with specific medical conditions. The registry, called the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT), is designed to prevent more than one qualified physician from registering as the prescriber for a single patient, is accessible to law enforcement agencies and dispensing organizations to verify patients of low-THC cannabis, and allows a physician to input safety and efficacy data derived from the treatment of patients for whom low-THC cannabis is prescribed. DPS also manages the licensing of organizations that dispense low-THC cannabis to patients in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas.

Low-THC cannabis may be prescribed if:

-The patient is a permanent resident of Texas,

-The patient is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, cancer, epilepsy, an incurable neurodegenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, a seizure disorder, or spasticity, and,

-The qualified physician determines the risk of the medical use of low-THC cannabis by a patient is reasonable in light of the potential benefit.

-No. Statute does not require patients to register or pay a fee.

-Patient information will be retained in the Compassionate Use Registry.

-A qualified physician will enter a patient’s information into the Compassionate Use Registry.

-Statute places no limitations on the age of the patient.

-Patients under 18 may require a legal guardian.

-Yes. Physicians will be required to document the names and last 5 of SSN of legal guardians in the Compassionate Use Registry.

-Patients or legal guardians will be required to show proof of identification to the dispensing organization.

No, Texas Health and Safety Code §487.107 only authorizes the possession of low-THC cannabis that is obtained through a prescription issued by a physician registered with the CUP program and the dispensing of a prescription for a person listed as a patient in the Compassionate Use Registry.

-No. Only licensed dispensers will be able to grow cannabis and only for use in the production of low-THC cannabis.

-Patients are required to purchase low-THC cannabis products from a licensed dispensing organization.

No. Texas Occupations Code §169.001 specifically excludes smoking from the definition of “medical use.”
-Texas Health and Safety Code §481.111(e) (1) provides exemptions from state laws prohibiting possession of marijuana for patients (and their legal guardians) for whom low-THC cannabis is prescribed under a valid prescription, and purchased from a licensed dispensing organization.

-The registered physician will enter a prescription in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) system.

-The patient or legal guardian will then have the ability to go to any of the dispensaries to have the prescription filled.

-The patient or legal guardian will need to provide identification and patient’s last name, date of birth, and last 5 of social security number.

Ensure the dispensing organization entered the information correctly. If so, contact your doctor to ensure they entered the prescription information.

-Fluent (formerly Cansortium Texas) was licensed on September 1, 2017.

-Compassionate Cultivation was licensed on October 31, 2017.

-Surterra Texas was licensed on December 15, 2017.

-A patient’s participation in CUP does not, in itself, disqualify the individual from obtaining or maintaining a License to Carry (LTC). Notwithstanding that certain medical marijuana programs have been determined by the FBI to disqualify an individual from possessing firearms, the department does not believe this determination applies to Texas’ low-THC cannabis, Compassionate Use Program.

-However, the individual’s underlying condition that is the basis for participation in CUP may under certain circumstances be disqualifying. If the medical condition potentially affects the individual’s ability to exercise sound judgment, the department may refer the matter to the Medical Advisory Board (DSHS) for their review and recommendation. Should the Board find the individual “incapable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun,” the department would deny an application or revoke a current LTC.