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Can you bring legal marijuana into Texas?

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

While recreational and medical marijuana use is still illegal in Texas (except for CBD oil for some people), some neighboring states take a more lenient view on things.

It is legal for recreational use in New Mexico and for medical use in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Does that mean you can purchase it in one of those states where you meet the legal requirements and bring it across the border to Texas?

You cannot

Not only does marijuana become illegal once you get it into Texas, but you will also be committing a federal crime just by taking it across a border. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, and federal law applies on borders.

What if you forget you have some on you or in your car?

If you remember you have marijuana you brought from another state, the best thing you can do is to get rid of it as soon as possible. Regardless of how much you paid for it or how soon you will be heading back to a state where it is legal, it is simply not worth the risk.

If the police stop you while walking or driving, you are under no obligation to admit that you have marijuana, even if they ask you outright. It is better not to say anything to them at all other than to confirm your name if they ask. While the officers might understand that you made an innocent mistake, you still committed a crime in the eyes of the law, and they are almost certain to arrest you for it.

If the officers somehow work out you have marijuana and arrest you, it’s crucial to get legal help to understand your next steps.


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