This article was written and researched by Brooke Price.
Although cannabis laws are changing across the nation and the use of marijuana products has entered mainstream media, it is still illegal to possess and distribute marijuana in Texas.
Marijuana offenses can carry a wide range of consequences, and it’s important to know what you may face if you are caught with the drug. THC concentrates and oils fall into a different penalty group and carry heavier penalties than other forms of marijuana. They are commonly referred to as “hash oil,” “shatter,” or “wax”, and fall into Penalty Group 2 with other controlled substances like PCP and MDMA. Additionally, it is an automatic felony to possess a THC vape pen or THC cartridges, and a conviction carries significant consequences.
Under Texas Health and Safety Code §481.116, consequences may range anywhere from a state jail felony with up to two years in county jail and a fine of up to $10,000 to an enhanced first-degree felony with up to life in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Knowingly or intentionally possessing THC concentrates or oils may carry a similar range of consequences. THC and marijuana may be legal in other states like Colorado or Oklahoma, but it is still illegal to bring marijuana into Texas even if you bought it legally. Possessing any amount of usable marijuana or THC is an arrestable offense, and it will appear on your permanent record. This could affect employment opportunities, driver’s license status, immigration status, and many other important parts of your life.
If you have been arrested for Possession of THC concentrates or oils in Texas, call the Law Office of Michael Price, P.C. so that we can review your case.