Texas Marijuana Laws
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Is Marijuana Use Legal in Texas?
The use of marijuana is illegal in the state of Texas. It is also illegal to possess, distribute, sell, or cultivate marijuana as well. Many states have recently enacted laws that allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. However, Texas has not enacted any such laws, and therefore all use of marijuana, whether for medical or recreational uses, is illegal in the state of Texas.
What Are Some Penalties for Marijuana Violations in Texas?
Some basic guidelines of Texas marijuana penalties include:
- Possession of 2 oz: $2,000 fine, maximum 180 days in jail; misdemeanor charges
- Sale of 7 grams or less: $2,000 fine, maximum 1 year in jail; misdemeanor charges
- Sale of 7 grams to 5 lbs: $10,000 fine, 180 days to 2 years max in jail; felony charges
Note that these are only the baseline, minimum starting consequences. Penalties are more severe the more weight of marijuana that is involved. For instance, possession of 2-4 oz. of marijuana will increase the fine to $4,000. The same idea of increasing penalties is true for growing, sales and distributions.
Possession and sale of marijuana derivative substances (such as hashish) are also penalized. Repeat offenses can also make the penalties more severe. There are also penalties for violations involving marijuana paraphernalia.
Will Marijuana Ever Be Legal in Texas?
Some states allow use and limited possession of marijuana for medical purposes. Many other states are following this trend and are reforming their laws to consider such changes to their marijuana laws. However, Texas doesn’t appear to be close to instituting major changes to their laws. On the other hand, marijuana laws can often change very quickly, depending on local government policies and considerations. At the moment, Texas remains prohibitive of marijuana use and possession.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Marijuana Charges in Texas?
Texas marijuana laws can often lead to strict criminal consequences and penalties. You may need to hire a lawyer for help if you are facing any type of marijuana or other drug-related charge. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and representation to ensure that your rights as a defendant are upheld. Also, your lawyer can advise you on any changes to the laws in the state of Texas.
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Last Modified: 08-27-2015 11:17 AM PDT
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