The question of what happens to people caught with marijuana has become a tricky subject in recent years. While it is legal to have a small amount of the substance on your person in Washington, Colorado and a few other states, marijuana is still illegal in Texas. In general, most states have begun to treat marijuana like alcohol when you drive, so you should always avoid driving while high.
One of the most well-known tropes of cop television shows is a person's right to remain silent. This Miranda Warning protects people from making incriminating statements. Anyone placed under arrest has a right to consult with a lawyer first before talking directly to law enforcement.
Now that several states in the country have changed their laws to allow the legal sale of marijuana and associated substances such as THC and hash oil, many new legal questions are arising, especially for states like Texas where those new laws do not apply. Of the states surrounding Texas, several have laws permitting either medical or recreational use of marijuana, or both.
Drunk driving is a serious issue in Texas. Every 20 minutes in the state, someone is either injured or killed in a car accident involving alcohol.
With marijuana becoming legal in some other states, it is important for Texas residents to know where it is not legal: Texas. While the criminalization of marijuana may change in upcoming years, it is still a crime to possess even small amounts of marijuana.
The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee sent House Bill 81 to the House for a vote. HB 81 reduces the charges for having an ounce of marijuana or less, or marijuana as it is written in the bill. It would eliminate jail time and threat of arrest. Instead, the offense would merit a fine of $250.