Houston's first medical marijuana dispensary is now open in the Heights. So how do you qualify? – Chron

Texas legalized medical marijuana for certain patients years ago, but only on a very restricted basis. 

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Houston is finally home to a legal weed dispensary, but don’t get too excited just yet — it’s reserved for those with medical prescriptions, which can only be given to individuals with specific ailments. So, who can land a prescription? 

Texas Original, a chain of medical marijuana dispensaries across Texas, opened at 1714 Houston Ave. this week, offering people with prescriptions an easier way to obtain an array of legal marijuana-laced products, according to ReNew Houston’s Evan MacDonald. The company is the first of its kind in the Bayou City and the first Texas Original storefront open five days a week, offering next-day pickup for customers. 

The dispensary is strictly for those authorized under the Lone Star State’s Compassionate Use Program, which requires a diagnosis of a certain disease or ailment and a prescription from a doctor. The law currently only allows prescriptions for a handful of medical issues, which include: ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s

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