The Law Office of Shawn C. Brown, PC - dwi & drug defense
210-265-6290 1-888-WE-FIGHT 1-888-WE-FIGHT

Call Today for a FREE Consultation

Presione aquí para Español
View our Practice Areas

Legislators reconsider penalties for marijuana possession

Despite growing trends toward cannabis legalization across the country, many people in Texas are still facing severe recriminations after convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana. In the past five years, around 379,000 Texans have been arrested and charged with possession of 2 ounces or less of cannabis. One woman was arrested in 2013 at the age of 21 after she was found with a small amount of marijuana, about enough for one joint. In 2019, she continues to deal with drug checks through a probation officer, restriction to her county and a prohibition on going to bars.

While 10 states, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized small personal-use amounts of cannabis, 13 more have made marijuana possession in these quantities a civil infraction rather than a crime. However, any possession of cannabis remains a criminal offense in Texas. In some areas of the state, local courts and prosecutors are wary of pressing serious criminal charges against people arrested for the first time. In addition, legislators have indicated strong public support for reducing penalties.

A number of bills are being introduced into the state legislature that aim to address the issue. Some would lessen the sanctions for a conviction for possession of a small amount of marijuana, while others would eliminate those criminal penalties completely. Instead, a civil fine would be imposed. One legislator said that people are losing driver's licenses and facing criminal records over what is a relatively minor issue.

People who are arrested with small amounts of marijuana can continue to face criminal prosecution in Texas courts, and the consequences can be troubling. However, a criminal defense lawyer can work with someone to push back against police and prosecution narratives while presenting a strong defense for drug charges, before trial and in the courtroom.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information


Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

San Antonio Law Office:
540 S St Mary's Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Toll Free: 1-888-WE-FIGHT
Phone: 361-360-3395
Fax: 210-224-8214
Map & Directions

Corpus Christi Law Office:
710 Buffalo Street, Suite 804 C
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Toll Free: 1-888-WE-FIGHT
Phone: 210-265-6290
Phone: 361-333-2020
Fax: 210-224-8214
Map & Directions