Even though marijuana is legal in other states, you need to remember that you cannot purchase marijuana from these other states and bring it into Texas. Doing so is drug trafficking, and strict penalties apply.
A recent exciting development for the medical marijuana program in 2021 was when Gov. Greg Abbot signed Bill HB 1535. One significant provision of this bill is that it extends the medical cannabis program of the state to include two additional conditions: cancer and PTSD. In addition, it increases the current 0.5% THC limit on medical cannabis to 1%.
Growing Marijuana in Texas: Is it Legal?
Texas approved only three companies to operate medical cannabis businesses in the whole state. These companies serve as the cultivators, processors, and dispensaries for qualifying patients in Texas. The companies are Consortium Texas, located in Schulenburg; Compassionate Cultivation with a large warehouse in Manchaca and customized marijuana growing and processing equipment; and Surterra Texas, which operates in North Austin.
Texas has strict laws for those caught growing marijuana in the state. Any individual or business caught cultivating, or growing marijuana in Texas will be charged for the criminal possession of marijuana plants. The applicable penalties vary from misdemeanors to felonies. For growing marijuana in Texas, the charges apply based on the total weight of all plants found:
As you can already tell, Texas is pretty conservative, and the penalties for growing marijuana in the state are so strict. Our advice? Just don’t do it. The best thing you should do is to purchase from the licensed dispensaries in the state.
"We received a letter from DPS that we do not have to start the whole process over, so really it’s going to take a little revisions and our application is still pending with DPS," Enriquez said.
Enriquez hopes his would-be growing operation, Craft Harvest, will help to boost the Texas economy.
The Texas Association of Business isn’t convinced there’s a boom on the horizon. In a statement they told us, "The Texas Association of Business does not perceive this limited application of low-THC prescriptions as having an immediate, notable financial impact on the Texas economy."
Enriquez is seeing green though, in more ways than one, and says many others are, too.
"It’s going to be fiercely competitive," said Enriquez.