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Prescribing Medical Marijuana

The Texas Compassionate Use Act allows qualified physicians to prescribe low-THC medical cannabis to patients diagnosed with qualifying medical conditions.

Qualified physicians must be board-certified in a medical specialty relevant to the approved medical conditions by a specialty board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. The bill also calls for the Department of Health and Human Services Commission to determine the precise definition of “incurable neurodegenerative diseases” for which patients may be prescribed low-THC cannabis for medical use. The deadline for doing so is December 1, 2019.

Start the process below:

The Texas Compassionate Use Program: Register In 4 Easy Steps

The Texas Compassionate Use Act now allows qualified physicians to prescribe low-THC cannabis to patients diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders of all forms
  • Autism
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spasticity
  • Terminal cancer
  • ALS
  • Other incurable neurodegenerative diseases

To begin the step-by-step process on your own, click the button below.

Qualifying physicians must register with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Compassionate Use Registry Portal.

The process of registering with the medical cannabis program is understandably new to most physicians. But it’s relatively straightforward and typically takes less than 10 minutes. To help clarify the process, here’s a quick rundown of how it is done.

Step 1: Visit Texas DPS Registry Portal

Step 2: Gather Your Info

You will need the following info to complete your registration:

  • Texas Medical Board License number
  • American Board of Medical Specialties number
  • Texas Driver’s License audit number (see picture below)

Step 3: Check Your Email

  • Once your email has been submitted, you will receive a link from the DPS to complete the CURT Application
  • Click the link in the email to be taken to the application
  • Enter in the information requested on each tab
  • Upload pictures of your certificates when prompted

Step 4: Await Approval

  • After completing the application, you will receive a confirmation email and tracking number
  • Verification by the Department of Public Safety can take between 1 – 10 business days
  • After you have completed your registration, please let us know to receive your free welcome package!

Have questions or want guidance?

Registering with the medical cannabis program is understandably new to most physicians, but it’s easy and typically takes only a few minutes. To make the process as easy as possible, reach out to us!

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Prescribing Medical Cannabis in Texas

After DPS approves your application and you create your CURT account, you are legally permitted to prescribe low-THC medical cannabis products to certain patients diagnosed with the aforementioned conditions. Patients must be permanent residents of Texas.

You must determine the potential risks associated with prescribing low-THC cannabis to a patient are reasonable in light of the potential benefits to that patient, and then you’re required to register as the prescriber for that patient and submit your diagnosis and treatment plan with the CURT system.

You’ll need the last five digits of your patient’s social security number to register them, as well as the last four of the patient’s legal guardian, if the guardian will be responsible for the patient’s medication.

Treatment plans must include your patient’s name and date of birth, along with their prescribed dosage, the means of administration ordered and the total amount of low-THC cannabis required to fill the patient’s prescription. You must also indicate your means for monitoring the patient’s symptoms, tolerance and reaction to low-THC cannabis.

When crafting your patient treatment plan, remember that only non-smokable forms of cannabis are approved under the law.

Acceptable forms of cannabis ingestion methods include tinctures, sprays and other products made from cannabis oil.

It should be noted that a patient can see a CURT-registered physician solely for the purpose of receiving a CBD oil prescription, while retaining their existing relationship with their primary physician/neurologist.

The patient information you provide to CURT will be stored in a secure online database designed to help enforce patient purchasing limits and allow law enforcement to identify individuals who are legally allowed to purchase and possess medical cannabis in the state of Texas.

The system is now available to physicians and dispensing organizations 24 hours a day, enabling doctors to be fully prepared for their patients when they are ready to prescribe cannabis-based medicine in Texas.

Adding Treatment Plans

  • Step 1: Make sure your patient is a permanent resident of Texas. Gather the last five digits of your patient’s social security number, as well as the last five of the patient’s legal guardian if necessary.
  • Step 2: Your treatment plan must include: the patient’s name and date of birth; their prescribed dosage; the means of administration ordered; the total amount of low-THC cannabis required to fill the patient’s prescription; and how you will monitor patient’s symptoms, tolerance and reactions.
  • Step 3: Acquire a secondary approval by a fellow CURT-registered physician, and note the physician’s CURT username; he or she is not required to have contact with the patient. It should be noted that a patient can see a CURT-registered physician solely for the purpose of receiving a CBD oil prescription, while retaining their existing relationship with their primary physician/neurologist.
  • Step 4: To fill the prescription, patient (or guardian) will contact the licensed dispensing organization by phone to confirm the order details and set up a time for pickup at the dispensary or schedule a delivery.

Prescribers and patients can reach Compassionate Cultivation at:
512-467-4118. For general info, call 512-614-0343

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