The nation as a whole is seeing a significant relaxation of marijuana laws. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really apply to Texas. While the Lone Star State is no longer as strict as it once was in regard to possession of marijuana, it’s still one of the least marijuana-friendly states in the Union. What should you know about possessing marijuana here?
Is It Legal?
The short answer is that marijuana is not legal in Texas, except for a handful of medical reasons. Patients with epilepsy, MS, ALS, terminal cancer, autism, and Parkinson’s disease are allowed to use marijuana. Unlike many other states in the US, Texas does not allow marijuana use by those with severe anxiety or most other medical conditions. With that being said, the potential penalties for possession of marijuana are not what they once were. Prior to the 1970s, you might have faced a life sentence for possession of any amount of marijuana. Today, things are a little more relaxed, but not to the point that law officers will look the other way.
Potential Percussions for Possessing Marijuana
Depending on the quantity of marijuana in your possession at the time of arrest, you could be facing a wide range of repercussions. For instance:
- 2 ounces or less carries a maximum of 180 days in jail and $2,000 in fines.
- 2 to 4 ounces carries up to a year in jail and $4,000 in fines.
- 4 ounces to 5 pounds carries 180 days to 2 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- 5 pounds to 50 pounds could land you in prison for 10 years and cost you up to $10,000.
The Reality for Most Marijuana Users Today
While Texas does still have some of the strictest laws on the books in regard to marijuana use, things are changing, albeit slowly. For instance, some counties in the state have much more relaxed laws regarding marijuana use and possession. Dallas County is one of the more relaxed. However, some of the outlying, rural counties take a much harder line here and still pursue a zero tolerance policy.
What to Do If You’ve Been Arrested
If you have been arrested for marijuana possession, it’s important that you have a criminal law specialist on your side. Call the Blacknall Firm today at 214-678-9111 to schedule a free consultation on your case. There is help available!