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Can you bring marijuana with you to Texas?

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Drug Charges |

If you live in another state, you may have legal access to marijuana. Regardless of whether this is for medical or recreational use, you must understand that once you cross the state’s lines and enter Texas, your home state entitlements will be rendered irrelevant.

Each state passes its own drug laws, and Texas is one of the strictest when it comes to drugs. It allows a few people to use CBD oil for medical issues, but apart from that, it has little time for anyone caught in possession of marijuana.

What’s more, the mere act of bringing marijuana across the state line makes you guilty of a federal offense. Marijuana is still illegal at a federal level, which is the law that applies at any state or international border crossing.

What if the police stop you?

Let’s say you are driving along somewhere inside Texas when you see the flashing blue lights of a law enforcement vehicle insisting that you pull over. You realize you have marijuana in your car you had forgotten about. Should you just tell the officers about it?

It’s best not to mention it. Firstly, you can’t be sure why the police are asking you to pull over. It might just be a broken light or something. Unless you were smoking marijuana as you drove along, the officers likely have no idea you have it on you and, hopefully, will let you go without discovering it. Secondly, if you do tell them, they will arrest you.

If a police stop progresses without issue, get rid of the drugs as soon as possible to avoid the chance of future problems. If a stop results in your arrest, get legal help to examine your defense options.