Is Medical Marijuana Legal in Texas?
Medical marijuana is legal in Texas for treatment of a number of debilitating medical conditions, thanks to House Bill 3703, which was signed into law in June of 2019. Doctors can now legally prescribe medical cannabis to patients who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS (also called Lou Gehrig’s disease), autism, epilepsy, terminal cancer, and various seizure disorders.
Prior to Texas HB 3703, medical cannabis was only legal for people diagnosed with epilepsy. Under the Texas Compassionate Use Act of 2015, epileptic patients could be treated with marijuana products containing low levels of THC– the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
According to the Texas Office of Court Administration, more than 5,600 misdemeanor marijuana possession cases were filed during the first 5 months of 2019. Despite recent law changes for medical marijuana usage, prosecutors can still press criminal charges against offenders who are caught with just 2 ounces of marijuana for recreational purposes. Misdemeanor charges can result is steep fines and even jail time. If you were charged with marijuana possession– even a small amount– you could be facing harsh penalties. Protect your rights by contacting an experienced Dallas drug lawyer at our firm. We are well-versed in Texas drug laws and can formulate a strong legal defense to help get the charges dismissed or dropped.