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Cannabis and the Law

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

 Texas's Compassionate-Use Program


In 2015, Texas passed the Compassionate-Use Act, which allowed the first legal use of low-THC cannabis products in the state.

Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of Texas law that govern the medical use of low-THC cannabis. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

In 2019, the Texas Legislature approved a bill that expanded the number of people who qualify for the Compassionate-Use Act. 

Explained in "Plain English"

Reading the law itself can be complicated. To help you understand the law, below we link to resources that attempt to explain the law in “plain English.”

Medical Marijuana and Gun Rights

Under the restrictions of the Gun Control Act, it is illegal for a person "who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance" to possess, receive, or transport firearms or ammunition.  This has raised concerns that participating in a medical marijuana program may cost patients their rights to possess firearms. The following links provide more information and context, but do not yet address how Second Amendment rights may be affected by the use of CBD or hemp-derived products as that is still a developing area of law.