When it comes to marijuana, it is kind of like stating that the grass is green and the sky is blue when saying that Texas still has some of the harshest laws regarding marijuana, where not only is recreational use completely illegal, but it remains criminalized and Draconically so. But not all hope is lost! Growers Choice makes it possible (and legal) to buy marijuana seeds in Texas—keep reading to find out how.
The Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Texas
Over the past few years, Texas has made some minor, but significant, steps that may be paving the very long road to the legalization of marijuana in this conservative place. At this time, medical marijuana IS legal in Texas, but only under very limiting and heavily regulated circumstances. In 2015, the Texas state legislature passed Senate Bill 339–the Texas Compassionate Use Act. This made it legal and possible for patients with “intractable epilepsy” to have access to cannabis oil, so long as it contained under 0.5% THC. Over time, the state has expanded access to low-dose medical marijuana to patients diagnosed with qualifying conditions like cancer, epilepsy, autism, PTSD, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), incurable neurodegenerative diseases, dementia, Parkinson’s, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). All of whom are now eligible under the Texas Compassionate Use Program (CUP) to register, for free, with the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) if they have a prescription from a qualified doctor.
Texas does not issue medical marijuana cards, instead, they are entered into the Compassionate User Registry. In September of 2021, TX House Bill 1535 was passed, which not only expanded coverage to patients with all types of cancer and those diagnosed with PTSD but also increased the THC limit allowed to 1%. Unfortunately, an earlier version of this bill had proposed raising it to 5%, but not surprisingly, the conservative state Senate would only support 1%. While there is no existing age limit for obtaining a medical marijuana prescription, minors under 18 must have a legal guardian. Currently, the medical use of marijuana is restricted to “swallowing, not smoking the prescribed dose.” In addition, it is not legal to grow medical marijuana at home and can only be obtained by the patient or legal guardian at a state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary.
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Hemp and Recreational Marijuana in Texas
So, let’s just be clear–in no way is any form of recreational marijuana currently legal in the ultra-conservative state of Texas. In fact, it remains one of the states with the strictest laws around recreational cannabis. At this time, possessing up to 2 ounces of marijuana falls under a Class B misdemeanor, which can bring with it a $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail. Those caught with 2-4 ounces could end up in county jail for an entire year with a $4,000 maximum fine–making it a Class A misdemeanor. Any more than this can lead to being charged with a felony. Texas is so strict that even possessing something like a pipe or bong without any cannabis could result in a $500 fine, but “at least” no jail time.
Interestingly enough, the state’s current governor, who is far to the right, has actually said he supports decriminalizing marijuana. Also, to be fair to Texas, there are some counties (El Paso, Dallas, and Plano) that have basically decriminalized the “simple” use and possession of marijuana. In addition, this same right-wing, conservative governor–Greg Abbott–did sign House Bill 1325 into law in 2019, which legalized the buying, selling, and possessing of hemp. As such, CBD products are allowed to be made and sold around the state, so long as their THC concentration is under 0.3%. Furthermore, at this time, products containing delta-8 remain legal and can be bought, sold, and possessed, but there are those actively working to undo this as there is an ongoing lawsuit around it.
Can I Buy Marijuana Seeds in Texas?
Weirdly enough, Texas does not have any laws that specifically state that cultivating marijuana is illegal. However, that doesn’t mean you should start growing it, as the state still charges those caught up to 180 days in jail and $50,000 in fines, depending on “quantity and intent.” However, since ungerminated cannabis seeds do not contain any THC, there is nothing that says that you cannot buy marijuana seeds in Texas via online seed banks like Growers Choice Seeds. But growing them is a whole different matter. That said, buying and stocking up on cannabis seeds isn’t unwise as a 2021 poll conducted by the University of Houston showed that 67% of Texans are for legalizing recreational cannabis and that even 51% of Texas Republicans are for this as well! So, while Texas remains far behind in keeping in step with the majority of the U.S., it has been and continues to make baby steps–so that hopefully, it will one day soon take the giant leap forward in not just legalizing recreational cannabis, but also not limiting medical users to low-THC products.
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