Texas Marijuana Information
Texas, despite a strong push towards some sort of marijuana reform in the 2016 legislative session, still has very harsh penalties for marijuana possession. Five bills were aimed at reducing penalties for marijuana possession. One of those bills wanted to remove criminal penalties for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and turn the punishment into a fineable civil penalty – a move that makes sense considering Texas’s harsh penalties. Currently, possession or sale of a small amount is considered a misdemeanor, but possession of less than 2 ounces can be fined by up to $2,000 and up to 6 months in jail. If you have over 2,000 pounds, you can even earn life in prison just for possession.
Four other bills were attempting to legalize medical marijuana, and one even tried to completely legalize access to marijuana for all adults. Only one law was actually signed into law – the Compassionate Care Act – and it is a very strict bill, allowing low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil to be prescribed to epilepsy patients. Despite the failure of most of these bills, the push towards legalization shows that Texas lawmakers are beginning to consider legalizing marijuana more broadly. Hopefully in upcoming legislative sessions Texas will be able to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession, at the very least. For conservative Texas, that seems like a good start, considering the effort to reduce low-level marijuana possession penalties is supported by 68% of Texans.
The big cities in Texas, like Austin, have more widespread support for marijuana legalization than the small towns, thanks to their more liberal constituents and large student populations. Hopefully, Texas residents will push lawmakers in upcoming legislative sessions to, at the very least, reduce penalties for marijuana possession and expand the reach of the Compassionate Care Act.
Kush encourages discretion for all travelers. If you do partake, don’t drive while high – you can be convicted of a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Texas Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
Is Marijuana legal in Texas?
Both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are not legal in Texas. However, like many conservative states, Texas has passed a very limited medical marijuana bill that allows the use of high-CBD, low-THC cannabis oil for patients with epilepsy. The way the bill is written makes it difficult for even qualified patients to obtain medicine, though.
Where can I buy marijuana?
There are currently no legal outlets in Texas where residents can purchase marijuana or marijuana products, including patients who qualify for cannabis oil. By 2017, Texas should have designated cannabis cultivators and dispensaries to sell low-THC, high-CBD cannabis products.
How can I help legalize marijuana in Texas?
If you’re a Texas resident who wants marijuana reform in your state, you’re not alone! A June 2015 poll showed that 68% of Texans are in favor of reducing penalties for marijuana possession. Texas residents can show their support for marijuana reform and legislation by visiting TexasMarijuanaPolicy.org and getting involved.
Is there any legislation trying to legalize recreational or medical cannabis in Texas?
As of August 2016, there is no legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational or medical use, despite many bills attempting do so earlier this year. However, certain legislators are attempting to expand upon the state’s Compassionate Use Act to allow more patients to qualify and different forms of marijuana (besides just oil) to be prescribed.
How much will it cost if it is legalized?
The price of marijuana will vary based on strain and quality, and it will also vary depending on the tax rate that is set in Texas. Based on other legalized states, you can expect prices to be between $10 to $30 per gram.
What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
When the first medical marijuana dispensaries open in 2017, they will only sell low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oil and possibly other low-THC products. However, if the Compassionate Care Act is expanded or marijuana is more broadly legalized, the stores will have a much larger range of products. This is all dependent on the specific law that is eventually passed in Texas, but in general, this is an overview of what stores in states with legalized marijuana carry. You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects, so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing a marijuana strain with the best effects for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products (Topicals): creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
- Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
- Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready be grown.
What is the punishment if I’m caught with marijuana?
Texas has very harsh marijuana possession penalties – the punishment for the first offense of possession of two ounces or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.
If marijuana gets legalized, can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level, even if medical or recreational marijuana gets legalized in Texas. Be sure to always follow the laws of the state you are in! If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Texas Cannabis Lawyers page for help!