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The legal challenges of teen concentrate use (Part 2)

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2022 | Drug Crimes

The previous blog post discussed the growing concerns of parents in Houston, Texas, and the rest of the country about the use of cannabis concentrate among teenagers. While there remains a number of reasons why young adults take to cannabis, the fact is that offenses in the regard often faces severe penalties per Texas laws. This post will highlight those penalties and suggest ways to prevent such situations.

Penalties for cannabis use in Texas

Texas cannabis laws not only criminalize marijuana possession and use, but also its sale and manufacture and whether the individual is near minors. Outside of a narrow medical cannabis law, any amount of hashish or concentrate is a felony:

  • Less than one gram: jail felony, 180 days to two years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
  • One to four grams: third-degree felony, two to 10 years in jail, and fines of up to $10,000

Larger amounts of hashish or concentrates can result in higher fines and lifetime imprisonment.

Looking for signs, setting boundaries

Parents can go a long way toward addressing the problem of drug use of their kids by looking taking firm but compassionate actions, including:

  • Developing a good relationship with them and not modelling behavior you don’t want to see in your child.
  • Not ignoring your child but being aware of how they are spending their time.
  • Talking about drug use and mental health challenges with your child.
  • Setting boundaries.

As children grow toward independence, they will still value input from their parents if the relationship is strong enough to weather these challenges.