How to get a health insurance card in Texas
We'll walk you through Leafwell's stress-free process.
Access to a medical marijuana card is one of the best things Texans struggling with serious health issues can do to improve their quality of life. Cannabis has proven benefits for patients suffering from pain, appetite and insomnia, and in states like Texas, signing up for a medical marijuana card is the only way to legally access these benefits. Fortunately, companies like Leafwell make the process effortless and help the people of Texas and the rest of the union get the relief they need without getting bogged down in red tape.
Leafwell's brand quality and commitment to customer service have earned them a reputation as one of the most trusted medical marijuana card providers since their founding in 2019. They have helped hundreds of thousands of people connect with trained healthcare providers to assess their cannabis needs and guide potential patients through the process. Leafwell is a 100% telemedicine service, meaning you can receive top-notch cannabis advice from the comfort of your own home.
Leafwell is offering Leafly readers in Texas a special discount when they sign up for their medical marijuana card. Just use code LEAFLY20 You will receive a 20% discount at checkout. That's not all: Leafwell offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you don't get approved. With this discount and guarantee, in addition to Leafwell's famously low prices, there's no excuse not to click the link below and get started today.
It's no big surprise that Texas does things a little differently than other states when it comes to medical marijuana. Unfortunately, Texas is uniquely restrictive – we'll tell you exactly what the broader cannabis ban means, what you can and can't do with a health insurance card. But first, let's walk you through every step of signing up for a Texas medical marijuana card with Leafwell. Let's dive in!
Step one: Sign up for an appointment in just a few minutes
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Leafwell makes it incredibly easy to start signing up for a medical marijuana card. In fact, Leafwell can schedule prospective patients a telemedicine appointment with a verified healthcare provider in just a few minutes. The team at Leafwell has consistently designed their process to be incredibly customer-friendly. You know that when you're looking for the relief that medical cannabis can provide, the last thing you want to do is spend your time dealing with byzantine legal mazes or complicated middlemen. Leafwell takes care of all the red tape and gives you quick access to the relief you need so you can focus on feeling better.
All you need to do to ensure you get approved is gather a handful of important documents. First, you will need proof of a diagnosis of a qualifying medical condition (which are those listed in the Restrictions section) from a licensed physician. Leafwell providers also prefer to show up to your online Leafwell appointment prepared with your medical records, although this is only required for minor patients. If your licensed physician has already issued a prescription for cannabis, have that document available as well. However, a prescription for cannabis is not a requirement for booking a Leafwell appointment and can be provided by your Leafwell provider.
You will also need proof of Texas residency and a valid ID. Once you have these documents, you can attend your appointment and take the next step toward low-THC products.
Supervisors can register
Leafwell also makes it easy for caregivers to enroll their patients for access to medical marijuana. Texas allows caregivers to register under their own name, eliminating the hassle of additional steps and complications. All caregivers need to enroll in Leafwell is a valid Texas state-issued ID card or driver's license, the patient's last name and date of birth, and the last five digits of the patient's Social Security number. For patients who rely on their caregivers, this is a major benefit of both the Texas system and using Leafwell to address its specifics.
Step Two: Attend a telemedicine appointment and be added to CURT
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For customers who have become accustomed to the frustrating nature of today's healthcare system, Leafwell's hassle-free telehealth appointments will feel too good to be true. From the comfort of your home or office, you can connect with a knowledgeable and friendly healthcare provider who will take the time to treat you like an individual and understand your unique medical needs.
Speak to a friendly healthcare provider
Leafwell's network of healthcare providers includes some of the best in the industry. They are expertly trained to guide you through the process quickly and painlessly. They will review your medical records, decide whether the potential benefits of cannabis outweigh the minimal health risks, and talk to you about how to safely consume cannabis products to treat your symptoms. If everything is in order, you will receive the confirmation!
Be added to the CURT
After the appointment, your doctor will handle the necessary bureaucratic and administrative tasks to get you listed in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT). This management system tracks all Texas medical marijuana patients and their prescriptions, allowing any cannabis distribution organization to access accurate records at any time, day or night. This isn’t just another prescription for you to manage – CURT is a behind-the-scenes operation designed to relieve medical marijuana patients of the administrative burden.
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Thanks to the CURT, Texans approved for medical marijuana will not receive a physical card in the mail. This means that after you are accepted into the CURT by one of Leafwell's healthcare providers and your application is validated by the state, you will be able to immediately access low-THC cannabis products at any licensed dispensary. Congratulations!
Unfortunately, Texas is one of the more restrictive states when it comes to access to medical cannabis. When Bill 339, the Texan Compassionate Use Act, was passed in 2015, it legalized limited access to medical cannabis, but also imposed significant restrictions on who could grow cannabis, who could possess cannabis, how much they could possess, and in what forms. It is advisable to familiarize yourself with these limitations before consulting your doctor in order to have the most informed discussion possible.
As of 2021, only patients with serious medical conditions will be eligible to access medical marijuana. These conditions are:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Severe autism
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson's disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
- Alzheimer's or other incurable neurodegenerative diseases
Patients added to the CURT will have access to CBD-rich, low-THC cannabis oil. In Texas, the only legal way to consume cannabis is through these low-THC oils, tinctures, or edibles. It is illegal to smoke medical cannabis in Texas, and it is also illegal to grow your own cannabis from seeds. Although cannabis concentrates and hashish are not technically defined as cannabis under Texas law, they are still illegal.
The low-THC, high-CBD oils that medical patients have access to under Texas law are defined as oils with less than 1% THC and more than 10% CBD. The Texas legislature adopted this ratio to ensure that legal cannabis products have little to no psychologically active effects.
Can cannabis replace opioids?
Patients under 18 are eligible for inclusion in the CURT if their doctor determines that the potential benefits of cannabis outweigh the health risks. A legal guardian can pick up a minor's prescription with a valid ID. While caregivers can register with CURT under their own name, it is illegal for a caregiver to pick up a medical cannabis prescription for their patient from a pharmacy if the prescription is in the patient's name.
Leafwell is an important partner for Lone Star State residents seeking the incredible benefits that only medical cannabis can provide. Their customer-focused process has provided relief to over 300,000 people nationwide and they aren't slowing down.
Visit Leafwell's website to schedule an appointment with a friendly and qualified professional, read the latest medical cannabis research, read Leafwell's blog, or get help from the support team. Now that you know how to get a health insurance card in Texas, there's no reason to wait – use the code LEAFLY20 at checkout to save on your medical cannabis card today.