Drug crimes: Is marijuana possession still illegal in Texas?

Many states in the nation have adopted a progressive and tolerant attitude about the use and possession of marijuana. However, several other states still outlaw this substance in most scenarios. All residents need to understand that it is still an illegal substance in Texas and that if caught with marijuana, they could face an arrest and possible conviction on drug crimes.

The following information can help you understand the state’s approach to drug crimes involving marijuana. It is also crucial to understand that you will benefit greatly from a strong defense if the authorities arrest you for cannabis possession.

  • At this time, it is a misdemeanor to possess 4 or less ounces of marijuana.
  • Possessing between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of the substance is a felony offense that could lead to jail time.
  • Possessing between 5 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana is a very serious felony offense that could result in significant penalties.
  • Those caught with more than 2,000 pounds could face prison for up to 99 years as well as a $50,000 fine.

The state does allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes on a limited basis. Under the Texas Compassionate Use Act, a person may possess low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and/or high-CBD (cannabidiol) oil as prescribed by a doctor. Raw cannabis and other marijuana products are not yet legal in the state, even for medicinal use.

Until the authorities relax their stance on drug crimes involving marijuana, it is vital to take an arrest for marijuana possession seriously. Consider reaching out to a defense attorney if you or a loved one faces a possible conviction on these or other drug charges.