Differences in Criminal Charges Between Marijuana and THC Oil/Wax
There are many different ways that people use cannabis, including smoking marijuana “flower,” eating edible THC or CBD, using topical lotions, THC wax and oil, and more. With all the ever-changing laws and policies regarding different forms of cannabis across the United States, it should be no surprise that most people are not sure of the current state of the law in Texas when it comes to cannabis possession and use.
First, Texas has not legalized recreational marijuana, though it does allow people with certain medical conditions to obtain a card for medical marijuana based on a doctor’s permission. People can also purchase CBD for medical purposes over-the-counter at certain establishments.
Despite the progressing laws regarding some forms of cannabis, the possession of marijuana for recreational use or of THC oil or wax can result in trouble with the law and serious criminal penalties.
Charges for Marijuana Possession
Even states that have not legalized weed have decriminalized the possession of smaller amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Texas, on the other hand, recently rejected a bill that would reduce the criminal penalties for marijuana possession. After weakening the proposed changes, the House of Representatives passed the bill, but the Senate did not.
Therefore, marijuana possession remains a criminal offense in Texas. The possible charges include:
● Less than two ounces = Class B misdemeanor
● Two to four ounces = Class A misdemeanor
● Four ounces to five pounds = State jail felony
● Five to 50 pounds = Third-degree felony
● 50 to 2,000 pounds = Second-degree felony
● More than 2,000 pounds = First-degree felony
Charges for THC Wax or Oil Possession
One form of cannabis that has the highest THC levels and the most psychoactive effects is marijuana concentrate. This can be sold as many different products, including THC wax, oil, and dabs. These forms can contain four times as much THC as even the highest-quality potent marijuana flower and can result in hallucinations and other effects.
Because of its potency and higher risks, THC wax and oils have a different set of charges than traditional marijuana. If you are caught with THC concentrate, you can face the following charges:
● Less than one gram = State jail felony
● One to four grams = Third-degree felony
● Four to 400 grams = Second-degree felony
● More than 400 grams = First-degree felony
It is important to note that ALL possession charges for THC concentrate are felony charges. If convicted, not only will you risk going to prison and paying fines up to $10,000, but you will also have a felony conviction on your permanent record. This can damage your career, education, reputation, and cause other adverse effects on your life for years to come.
Consult with an Experienced Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer Right Away
The Law Office of Kyle Whitaker defends against all types of drug charges in the Fort Worth area, including marijuana and THC oil or wax possession. Contact the office online or call 817-332-7703 as soon as possible if you have been arrested.