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When Will Marijuana be Legal in Texas

By Sharon Michael-Chadwell, EdD

Many of us have seen the shops where one can purchase cannabidiol, CBD oil, cookies, or gummies that can help with a variety of needs, such as rest, relief, and relaxation.

Where is Texas in legalizing the use of marijuana? According to the Austin-American Statesman, as of Feb. 8, 2024 … no time soon. There are 21 states in which marijuana is fully legal, approved for medicinal purposes, and decriminalized. The states where marijuana is illegal are Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 

Texas is considered mixed legal. In Texas, CBD oil can only be sold. “Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is blocking the ordinances of five cities decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession. Those cities — Austin, Denton, Kellen, San Marcos, and Elgin — had voters approve policies that would end arrests and citations for possessing less than four ounces of marijuana,” according to the Austin American-Statesman. 

In 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Texas House Bill 1325 into law, which allows the production, manufacture, retail sale, and inspection of industrial hemp crops and products granted that they stay at 0.3% or less delta-9 THC level. This also includes products for consumable hemp products that contain CBD and other edible parts of the hemp plant. There is a difference between CDB and THC. If someone intakes a THC product, the opportunity of getting high is present.  However, medical marijuana is legal in Texas. In 2015, Texas passed the Compassionate-Use Act, which allowed the first legal use of low-THC cannabis products in the state for patients with intractable epilepsy. It was expanded in 2019 and 2021 to include 150 other conditions such as epilepsy, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cancer (any stage), Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, and Autism spectrum disorder.

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