The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the hemp derived CBD products in all the 50 states of America. The passing of Farm Bill brought great joy to the CBD community all across the United States. However, CBD regulations are still confusing in many states – especially in Texas. Every American state has its own laws regarding the use of CBD. Even some cities have passed some bills on its legalization. It is really important to stay up to date about the laws regarding the hemp product in your area for staying out of trouble.
In this article we will discuss about the legality of CBD in Texas.
Cannabis Laws In Texas
Marijuana is still illegal in Texas. Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana in Texas is considered as a class B misdemeanor. The punishment includes 180 days in prison, $2000 fine and the suspension of driving license. Till 1973, the possession of any amount of cannabis in Texas could lead to minimum two years of imprisonment. The government of Texas later changed the possession of cannabis to a misdemeanor rather than a felony. The Texas Compassionate Use Law that was passed in the year 2015, allowed patients to use cannabis oil that contains less than 0.5 % of THC for the treatment of epilepsy.
The legalization of marijuana for medical uses was a great step on lifting the CBD restrictions in Texas. But the laws regarding the full use of hemp extract is unclear and the recreational use of cannabis in Texas is still illegal. There is a huge loophole in the new bill. According to the bill, cannabis that contains less than 0.3 % of THC is hemp and anything with more than 0.3 % of THC is marijuana, which is illegal. Currently the law enforcement in Texas has no way to test the contents in the cannabis plant. Therefore, it is one person’s word against the other.
Current Status Of CBD Laws In Texas
The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, signed a bill into law in 2019. This law allows the cultivation of hemp plant in Texas. The law also legalized the sale of CBD oil with less than 0.3 % THC without a prescription. According to the law, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services will have the complete authority in regulating consumable CBD products. The Texas residents can now even buy CBD products online. Ordering online is the easiest way of getting CBD products in Texas.
Marijuana is still illegal in Texas. But it is good that people can take CBD products with low amount of THC without the fear of any repercussions.