If you’ve paid attention to the news in the last decade, you’ve
heard about the debate over marijuana legalization. The
marijuana advocates must have some good points, after all, marijuana has been decriminalized
in 21 states to date, and more states are expected to soften their marijuana
legislation in the upcoming years.
Around the country, states are legalizing medical marijuana and many medical
experts are changing their own minds about the health benefits of marijuana.
For example, CNN’s chief medical respondent Sanjay Gupta
changed his mind about
medical marijuana, saying “we have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly
70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”
Surely, many medical professionals are agreeing with Dr. Gupta’s
point of view.
Today, marijuana is being used to treat all kinds of medical conditions,
including: glaucoma, lung health, epileptic seizures, Dravet’s Syndrome,
cancer, anxiety, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis,
muscle spasms, and hepatitis C and many more.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) says that a scientific study led to the development on two FDA-approved
medications, and further research may lead to additional medications.
According to the NIH, because marijuana may help a range of symptoms and
illnesses, many people are arguing that it should be legalized to treat
medical conditions. You can read more about the marijuana-related state laws by
Marijuana Legalization in Texas
As we mentioned earlier, 21 states have
decriminalized marijuana so far, meaning, if someone is caught with a small amount for
personal consumption, they would not go to jail or receive a criminal
conviction. Texas unfortunately,
has not decriminalized marijuana, but
Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy are trying to change that.
Until legislatures change Texas’ current marijuana laws, it’s
still a crime to be caught with marijuana, even a small amount for personal
use. Currently, the penalties for marijuana
possession are as follows:
Possessing 2 ounces or less is a
misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail, and a maximum fine of $2,000.
Possessing 2 to 4 ounces is a
misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail, and a fine not to exceed $4,000.
Possession of 4 ounces to 5 pounds is a
felony, punishable by 6 months to 2 years behind bars, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Under Texas law, the more marijuana the person has in possession, the greater
the sentence and fine. For instance, possessing 5 to 50 pounds of pot
is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Facing drug charges in Plano or Dallas?
Contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!