The Beginner’s Guide to Legal Marijuana in Texas

The Houston-based NASA Johnson Space Center made history in 1969 when Apollo 11 flew astronauts to the moon and back.

Serving as Mission Control for all space flights, the Texas center really is the epitome of going high. But getting high is limited to space travel in the Lone Star State because marijuana is currently available only to those with intractable epilepsy, and only with low THC content.

So if you’re looking to take a tram tour of the center after torching up — and we’re not talking rocket ships — well, you might want to think again.

Where and How to Buy

The Texas Compassionate Use Act required the Texas Department of Public Safety to license at least three dispensaries by Sept. 1, 2017. Weedmaps currently lists Texas Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Surterra Texas, and Knox Medical as dispensaries soon to be available or already available in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas. Delivery is now available through Knox Medical in Amarillo, San Antonio, Brownsville, Austin, Dallas, Lubbock, Corpus Christi, El Paso, and Houston.

Low-THC cannabis — less than 0.5 percent THC and more than 10 percent cannabidiol (CBD) content by weight — is available to permanent residents with intractable epilepsy and their caregivers. Registered physicians enter the prescription for their patient in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) and patients or legal guardians for those younger than 18 can pick up their medical cannabis or have it delivered from any of the licensed dispensaries. The patient or legal guardian must provide identification, the patient’s last name, date of birth, and the last five digits of their Social Security number.

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