Marijuana laws differ greatly in every state across the country, with some legalizing the substance completely and others giving out harsh penalties for possession of even small amounts of weed. Texas is a state that is on the stricter end of these laws; however, things are slowly beginning to change. Here is a snapshot of what Texas marijuana laws look like recently.
Possession and consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes typically become legalized before recreational use does. In 2015, Texas began to allow the use of low concentrations of THC for a limited number of medical conditions. Although fewer conditions are covered than in other states, the number of conditions covered under the Compassionate Use Program continues to expand. For example, as of September 2021, the law changed to cover post-traumatic stress disorder and all types of cancer in addition to epilepsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, and a few other conditions.
Recreational marijuana in Texas, however, is still very much criminalized. For example, those who possess a small amount of weed with no intent to distribute or sell are subject to up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000. The penalties grow harsher with the possession of larger amounts and with an intent to sell. A drug possession attorney can be knowledgeable when it comes to figuring out the penalties for specific circumstances.
For those who like to enjoy the euphoric effects of marijuana, there are still options in Texas. Delta-8 THC is a derivative of the cannabis plant and is legal in Texas. Delta-8 provides many of the same benefits as delta-9 THC, more commonly known as weed. In addition, CBD is a hemp derivative that does not provide the psychoactive effects of delta-8 and delta-9, which some people prefer for conditions like anxiety and chronic pain.
Marijuana laws are constantly changing in all 50 states, including Texas. People should be aware of laws that the politicians in their state are putting forth regarding legalization of marijuana and its many derivative products. Check ballot initiatives at every election to see if new marijuana laws are being presented to the voters.