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Houston Marijuana Possession Attorney

Have you been charged with the possession of marijuana? Drug crimes in the state of Texas are considered very serious crimes, and possession of marijuana is no exception. Possessing marijuana is at least a misdemeanor criminal offense under Texas law.

Paul Darrow is a marijuana possession attorney in the Houston – Galveston area who has extensive experience handling these types of cases. Paul is a former prosecutor turned Houston criminal lawyer who has represented numerous individuals facing drug charges, including possession of marijuana.

Large fines and lengthy imprisonment can be the result of a possession conviction, as can consumption or selling of the controlled substance and/or drug paraphernalia. A conviction for possession of marijuana will also lead to some other hefty consequences and can result in the suspension of your driver’s license for up to one year, even if you get probation, and a permanent criminal record. In addition, college and graduate students will lose their student aid.

The amount of marijuana in your possession at the time of arrest will determine the penalties resulting in either misdemeanor or felony charges. The larger the amount, the more damaging the consequences you will face.

Does the state of Texas allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes?

Texas is one of the states where medical marijuana is barely legal for medical purposes.

While the state has passed some recent legislation legalizing marijuana with high CBD and low or no THC levels, it is for the treatment of severe seizure disorders and perhaps a few chronic diseases only, and that has some very strict requirements attached to it.

What that means, then, is that current law still states that possession of even a tiny amount of marijuana can land you in jail. Even less than two ounces can carry a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Penalties are, of course, even more serious for possessing any of the concentrates such as hash oil. That would be charged as a felony and can result in up to two years in state prison.

Selling just seven grams (approximately one-quarter ounce) of marijuana also carries some stiff penalties. That small amount would come with a maximum of 180 days in jail and a possible fine of $2,000, while selling more than 50 pounds of marijuana can land you in prison for up to 99 years because it is a felony.

Offenses and penalties under federal law

Possession of drugs (including marijuana)

  • Minimum: A fine of not less than $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year
  • Maximum: A fine of not less than $5,000 plus costs of investigation and prosecution, and imprisonment for not more than 20 years nor less than five years

Manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of drugs (including marijuana)

  • Minimum: A fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years
  • Maximum: A fine not to exceed $8,000,000 for an individual (or $20,000,000 if other than an individual) and imprisonment for life without release (no eligibility for parole)

Distribution of drugs to a minor person under 21 years of age

  • Minimum: Double the federal penalty for distribution of drugs
  • Maximum: Triple the federal penalty for distribution of drugs

Offenses and penalties under the Texas state law

Possession of controlled substances

  • Minimum: Fine not to exceed $10,000 and confinement in jail for a term of not more than two years or less than 180 days
  • Maximum: A fine not to exceed $250,000 and imprisonment for life or for a term of not more than 99 years nor less than fifteen years

Possession of marijuana

  • Minimum: A fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days
  • Maximum: A fine not to exceed $250,000 and imprisonment for life or for a term of not more than 99 years nor less than five years

Delivery of marijuana

  • Minimum: A fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or confinement in jail for a term of not more than 180 days
  • Maximum: A fine not to exceed $100,000 and imprisonment for life or for a term of not more than 99 nor less than ten years

Call Houston marijuana possession attorney Paul Darrow today

Paul Darrow is a drug crimes attorney who is devoted to securing the future of his clients. He will thoroughly review all the evidence available and start building a firm defense plan that will work. He brings a wealth of experience to his criminal defense practice and knows how to get results for those he is defending. If you are facing charges of a federal crime, make sure you have the best defense team available. Don’t hesitate, call today.