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What Happens If You Get Caught Growing Marijuana in Texas?

Posted on in Criminal Defense

Plano criminal defense attorneyAs marijuana continues to be legalized in many states and the idea of legalization becomes increasingly popular in others, it may seem like owning, growing, or selling weed is not a big deal. But, according to Texas state law – and federal law, for that matter – the  possession of marijuana is still very much illegal. Oddly enough, Texas does not have a specific law against growing marijuana, per se; however, because any type of possession is illegal, growing weed even in your own backyard can get you into serious trouble. 

Is Private Marijuana Cultivation Illegal in Texas? 

Growing, cultivating, and harvesting marijuana are all considered forms of possession, whether it is leaves, buds, or entire plants, regardless of whether a person is using marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. The only people who can legally possess marijuana in Texas are those who have a medical cannabis card. For everyone else, knowingly possessing marijuana is completely off-limits. 

What are the Consequences for Possessing Marijuana in Texas? 

The seriousness of the charges and the resulting consequences depend on how much marijuana is found in a person’s possession and whether they have a previous criminal history. If a little marijuana is found in your backpack, for example, and you have no previous criminal record, a judge may be more lenient in your sentencing. The law allows penalties for marijuana possession that include: 

  • Up to two ounces: Class B misdemeanor, as many as 180 days in jail, and/or a fine of up to $2,000
  • Two to four ounces: Class C misdemeanor, as much as one year in jail, and/or a fine of up to $4,000
  • Four ounces to five pounds: State jail felony, as many as two years in jail, and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • Five pounds to 50 pounds: Third degree felony, as many as 10 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • 50 pounds to 2,000 pounds: Second degree felony, as many as 10 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000
  • More than 2,000 pounds: First degree felony, up to life in prison, and/or a fine of up to $50,000

The consequences for possessing marijuana are clearly quite harsh. Keep in mind, however, that before you can suffer any punishment for marijuana possession, you must first make a plea deal or be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This is where a great criminal defense attorney can help. 

Contact a Dallas-Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney 

Even though marijuana is legal in many states across the U.S., getting caught with marijuana in Texas can still land you in big trouble. If you have been charged with marijuana possession, call a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney with The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. right away. We work hard to build an aggressive defense case for every client and have a long history of getting charges lowered or dropped completely. Call us now at 214-303-9600

 

Source: 

https://www.texas.gov/health-services/texas-medical-marijuana/

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