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Could you bring marijuana into Texas?

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Drug Crimes |

The marijuana laws in Texas are a little bit complex. In some cases, certain types of CBD with low amounts of THC are legal. But as a general rule, marijuana remains illegal to possess or sell. Even with the CBD exceptions, it’s much different than the laws in a state like Michigan or Washington, where people can simply go to a dispensary and buy marijuana products.

However, legalization is gaining popularity across the United States. Just across the border in New Mexico, marijuana is fully legal. The same is true in nearby Colorado. In Oklahoma, people can use marijuana for medicinal purposes, although it has not yet been legalized for recreational purposes.

In any case, it’s clear that you can legally purchase marijuana products in nearby states, even though you can’t in Texas. Could you theoretically drive across the border into New Mexico, make a legal purchase, and then drive home to Texas without violating the law?

Breaking the law in two ways

This would actually violate the law in two different ways. First of all, even if the purchase was legally made in New Mexico, marijuana is still illegal once you get back across the border into Texas. You could still be arrested, even if you provide a receipt showing that it was legally purchased initially.

The second thing to remember is that you cannot cross state lines with marijuana products, as this violates federal laws. So travel between states could also get you into legal trouble.

If you do find yourself facing charges, especially if you just made an honest mistake, be sure you know exactly what legal defense options you have.