The Texas medical marijuana program is running under the influence of the Texas Compassionate Use Act of 2015.
According to this act, medical doctors who are registered with the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) have the authority to prescribe medical marijuana to patients who are diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.
This mode of handling medical marijuana requests is quite simple but still has its pros and cons.
But when it comes to safeguarding the rights of its registered medical marijuana patients such as the right to own a firearm, the state of Texas is quite firm on its stance.
As per the Texas state law, consuming medical marijuana products doesnât make an individual ineligible to possess or own a firearm in any capacity.
However, the law states that a patientâs medical condition may make them ineligible for firearm possession. So, the bottom line is that being a part of CURT doesnât take away the right to own a firearm from you in Texas.
Can I Take My Gun To a Dispensary in Texas?
The state of Texas is a âshall issue state meaning that the stateâs Department of Public Safety is responsible for issuing concealed carry licenses to individuals who do qualify. Still, the following are some places that are off-limits for gun owners even with concealed carry,
Unauthorized access to the physical premises of an elementary or secondary school or an educational institution, including any grounds, buildings where school-sponsored activities are conducted (including school passenger vehicles within a 1,000-foot radius of a school (excluding school buildings)
- Unauthorized access to the premises of an institution of higher education, including any grounds, buildings hosting school-sponsored activities
- Locations hosting high school/college events
- Locations hosting professional sports events
- Polling places on election day or during early voting
- Any government court or court-utilized offices, unless authorized by the court
- Airport security area Unauthorized access to the premises of a business generating 51% or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption. These places are marked with a red sign indicating “51%” which is a warning that possessing a concealed weapon on site is a felony
- A correctional facility
- Unauthorized access to the premises of a civil commitment facility
- Unauthorized access to the premises of a place of execution on a day when a death sentence is set to be imposed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
- Unauthorized access to the premises of a hospital
- Unauthorized access to the premises of a mental hospital or nursing home
- Unauthorized access to the premises of a permanent amusement park
- Unauthorized access to the premises of a governmental entity
- Any place where federal/state law prohibits the carrying of firearms
As a dispensary is not included in the list of âoff-limitsâ places, you can legally carry a firearm there as long as youâre following all the protocols.
Consuming CBD Products and Owning a Gun in Texas
Since 2019, CBD-based products have been available for purchase within the state of Texas. You can also legally carry a firearm even if youâre consuming CBD products which are derived from industrial hemp and have up to 0.3% THC content.
Our expert opinion
Well, the state of Texas has yet to create a credible and functional medical marijuana program within the state, We canât possibly deny the measures taken by the state in favor of its registered medical marijuana patients.
Texas has a very fixed stance on the right to own a firearm even if youâre consuming medical marijuana and it doesnât alter your ability to carry a firearm.
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