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Cannabis and the Law

This guide gives an overview of the rapidly evolving laws concerning marijuana and CBD oil.

General Information


About this Guide

In recent years, laws regarding cannabis have changed rapidly across the United States. The number of changes to the law have left people confused about what exactly is and is not legal in different jurisdictions. This guide will give you an explanation of the current status of state and federal laws about marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD).

Please note: this is an area of law that is evolving very quickly. The information contained in this guide is subject to change based on new laws and regulations.

Texas and Federal Law

In general, marijuana is classified as a controlled substance on both the federal and the state level. Please see the Cannabidiol (CBD) and Compassionate-Use Program pages of this guide for specific instances in which certain cannabis products have been legalized.

Note: state and federal law use the spelling "marihuana."

Updates on Texas's Industrial Hemp Program

In 2019's 86th Legislative Session, the Texas Legislature passed HB 1325, which paved the way for a state industrial hemp program. This program will allow people to grow industrial hemp (defined as "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds of the plant and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis"). 

There are several state agencies that must adopt amended rules and regulations in order to administer the new industrial hemp program. We have provided links to agency updates on their progress below:

E-Books Available from the Texas State Law Library

These e-books contain information on cannabis law. These e-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the Texas State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.