Cannabis is illegal in Texas and has been since 1931. However, there is currently some confusion. In 2019, the Texan federal government decided that hemp could be legalized, although marijuana could not, even though they grow from the same plant. Basically, marijuana is the part that contains THC – still illegal – while hemp contains cannabinoids or CBD, which are popularly used for medicinal purposes. In 2019, hemp was legalized in Texas when the state legislature passed HB 1325. The law came into effect on June 10, 2019, making cannabis with less than 0.3% legal hemp as THC, while anything more important is considered marijuana.
There are no separate growing laws in Texas. If you are found growing cannabis, it is classed as possession, unlike many other states, where growing laws carry separate penalties.
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Fortunately, at least for them, the governor has now deviated from his tough anti-cannabis stance.
In 2017, newly elected District Attorney Kim Ogg stated that Harris County would no longer jail people for cannabis possession offenses: “I never felt good to put marijuana users in cells. It’s just not fair, it doesn’t make sense, and our country is resounding against it.” Full decriminalization for possession of fewer than four ounces of cannabis began March 1, 2017, at no cost, ticketing, or criminal record.
In October 2014, Harris County Attorney Devon Anderson announced the First Chance Intervention Program, under which people with two ounces of cannabis or less could be offered a 90-day community service diversion program or drug education, instead of criminal prosecution and imprisonment. As of January 2016, the program was expanded to be mandatory for all law enforcement in the county.
Any sale to a minor is punishable by 2 – 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Sale within 1,000 feet of a school or within 300 feet of a youth center, public pool or video arcade increases the penalty classification to the next highest level.
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