On June 10, 2021, Governor Greg Abbot will sign into law a new statute making CBD legally acceptable in Texas if it contains less than three-fourth of one percent THC. 3.0% or less THC is considered by Texas state officials to be the most safe amount in the state’s recreational marijuana program. The new law, which was House Bill 1325, went into effect the same day:
“CBD is an herbal derivative that has been used for some time in Europe and some Asian countries as an alternative to cannabis,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “While it is believed to have some medical value for some people, the plant itself is not considered habit forming or addictive.” “uana”, also known as cannabis, is illegal in the United States under federal law. According to the state’s legal code, only two types of cannabis are legal: “the intoxicating agent; and the marihuana substance,” which is a class A felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in prison.
As mentioned above, the new legislation makes CBD legally acceptable in Texas as long it does not contain THC, or any other element that is known or suspected of causing the harmful side effects seen with cannabis use. The legislature determined that CBD has similar medicinal benefits like the THC, but without the harmful side effects. Therefore, the new legislation allows CBD to be legalized and regulated just as THC would be if it were legalized. Currently, there is no recognized medical use for the plant. However, Texas is the tenth state to legally allow the use of CBD oil, the others being Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Utah.
Does the law allow anyone to sell CBD oil legally? According to the distributor and producer, all CBD products are strictly regulated. They can only be sold to qualified patients who have valid prescriptions for the illness the patient is seeking relief from. The CBD producer does not provide information on when the next official distribution date will be. In order to obtain a prescription, patients must go through a medical marijuana provider or visit the Texas Medical Department to make sure one is registered with the department.
Is the punishment for having an open container of CBD oil like the more severe than a conviction for simple personal intoxication? When we compare the penalties for drunk driving and buying marijuana, the answer is obvious. In comparison to the other penalties such as DWI, a conviction for simple personal intoxication (like thc) would carry a far lighter penalty. Therefore, it is entirely possible that the current law in Texas, like the nationwide trend, is being developed to eventually eliminate the criminal charges for simple personal possession of CBD oil by qualified patients, while allowing people to freely obtain this beneficial treatment.
Is cannabidiol, like THC, illegal because of its potential effectiveness as a prescription drug? No, it is not. A recent study performed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, comparing the effects of smoked and pharmaceutical cannabis plant extracts, found that CBD was just as effective as THC in reducing appetite, increasing the number of calories burned during exercise, reducing anxiety and depression symptoms, and reducing withdrawal symptoms in those attempting to quit smoking. Since CBD has similar chemical components to tetrahydrocannabinol (the active ingredient of cannabis), some experts believe that it may have similar medicinal properties when used as a replacement for medication.