Krieger & Ongert, Attorneys At Law
Speak with one of our attorneys today
281-557-6311
Main Menu

Understand marijuana laws in Texas before visiting

Summer vacations mean travel, and the state of Texas is a popular tourist destination -- but not understanding the changing laws regarding the use of medical marijuana could spell serious trouble for people who are intending to visit Texas from states where medical marijuana or recreational marijuana is legal.

First, it's important to understand what is and isn't legal in Texas. Texas has been a state in flux when it comes to its marijuana laws and many nonresidents may only do a cursory check of the laws and think that marijuana is already legal in the state.

It isn't.

Senate Bill 339, which is also called the Compassionate Use Act by its advocates, was actually signed back in 2015. Under the Bill, medical marijuana was legalized -- although only in a very limited form. In addition, the law doesn't actually go into effect until September 1, 2017 -- a fact that could confuse many outside the state.

Even once it does go into effect, the law limits the use of medical marijuana only to those diagnosed with a form of epilepsy that doesn't respond to other medications. No other medical use is permitted. Users will only be allowed a specific type of marijuana with a higher percentage of cannabidiol and a lower amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the ingredient in the drug that can leave people feeling high. There are also no provision for out-of-state visitors -- the law only grants the right to use medical marijuana to permanent residents of the state.

There is a growing movement to broaden legalization of the drug, but it hasn't seen any legislative action as of yet.

If you mistakenly think that you can bring medical marijuana into Texas because you have a marijuana card in your own home state or you misunderstood the legalities in Texas surrounding medical marijuana, you could easily find yourself in trouble. If that happens, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately for help. For more information on how our firm can fight drug charges on your behalf, please visit our page.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Need Legal Advice?Get a Free Case Review

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Two Offices To Better Serve You

League City Office
215 E. Galveston St.
League City, TX 77573

Phone: 281-486-8125 x2
Fax: 281-332-7877
League City Law Office Map

Houston Office
17225 El Camino Real, Suite 320
Houston, TX 77058

Phone: 281-486-8125 x1
Fax: 281-480-0885
Houston Law Office Map

VISA | MasterCards | Amercian Express | Discover Network
Review Us