Many states across the U.S. have become more lenient when it comes to the use and possession of marijuana. However, Texas laws remain largely unchanged, with the exception of allowing the use of low-THC cannabis oil in certain medical circumstances.
Being found in possession of even a small amount of marijuana in Texas could lead to serious legal consequences. Therefore, it is important to understand exactly where the law stands when it comes to the possession and sale of marijuana so that you know what to expect if you face charges.
Texas law on the possession of marijuana
Being found in possession of fewer than 2 ounces of marijuana in Texas carries with it a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and is charged as a Class B misdemeanor. Being found with between 2 and 4 ounces is a Class A misdemeanor. Being found with any amount over 4 ounces will be considered as a felony to some degree, and therefore, will likely result in jail time.
Texas law on the sale of marijuana
The seriousness of charges relating to the sale of marijuana depends on the amount that you are found to have sold. The consequences can escalate quickly; selling 0.25 ounces or less is a misdemeanor, but any amount over 0.25 ounces will result in a felony.
It may be possible to engage in a drug diversion program if you are a first-time offender. By completing the program successfully, you may be able to avoid jail time.
If you have been found in the possession of marijuana in Texas, you should take swift action so that you can build a compelling defense.