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Cannabis and the Law

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

Cannabidiol (CBD)


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a substance derived from the cannabis plant that does not have the psychoactive properties that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) does. Its legality is still unclear. This page will provide you with information about CBD.

Texas and Federal Law

In the past two years, there have been changes in how CBD is viewed under the law at both the state and federal level. Below are links to read the text of this legislation. The federal bill became law on December 20th, 2018, and the Texas bill was signed into law by the governor on June 10th, 2019.

Explained in "plain English"

For a detailed explanation of the developments in the law surrounding CBD, please see the article entitled "CBD: The Evolving Landscape of Laws and Regulations" written by Elizabeth F. Griffin in the State Bar of Texas's 2019 Food and Drug Law Continuing Legal Education course. Ms. Griffin explains what CBD is and cites to relevant state and federal resources on the topic.

Who can I contact?

The Texas Department of Agriculture and the Department of State Health Services will be responsible for administering and regulating the state's industrial hemp program. For more information about licensure or other hemp-related regulations, please visit their websites.