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Can you bring marijuana into Texas? 

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2023 | Drug Crimes

Marijuana laws are somewhat complicated in Texas. As a general rule, marijuana cannot be used recreationally. It is true that Delta 9 is legal in some situations (when it contains a very small amount of THC). But this is not the same as laws in other states, like Colorado or California, where you can simply buy marijuana at the store to smoke or consume.

If you still want to use marijuana in Texas, you may find yourself thinking that you should simply take a trip to one of these states where it is legal. Could you drive to Colorado or another state, make your purchase, and then drive home? You would’ve followed the law properly when buying marijuana products since you don’t have to be a resident of the state that sells them to make your purchase. Would that make it legal for you to have them in Texas?

The 2 problems this creates

You can’t do this, and there are two major reasons why. The first one is federal. The federal government still bans the use of marijuana. Any time that you cross state lines, it means that whatever you’re doing enters federal jurisdiction. So you may have made a legal purchase, but you may have still violated federal law when bringing those marijuana products home.

Secondly, even if the purchase itself was legal, the marijuana laws in Texas do not change. You would still be in violation of Texas law once you got back within the state. A receipt from a legal purchase in Colorado isn’t going to get you out of this. Instead, it’s important for you to know about all of your legal defense options.