Don't Let Your Past Limit Your Future

Texas Capitol

Austin, Texas Legalizes Hemp, Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana

April 2, 2020
Please follow and like us:

In the capitol of Texas, Austin, a heated debate has ensued after the state recently passed House Bill 1325.  The Bill legalized the production and consumption of hemp. Because of the new law, many district attorneys now require officials to distinguish between hemp from marijuana. Because, marijuana is still illegal in the state, and the substance should be confirmed before any charges are pressed. The determining factor of whether cannabis classifies as hemp or marijuana depends on the amount of THC contained in the substance. Substances with an excess of 0.3% of THC is considered marijuana, and anything under is considered hemp.

Marijuana vs. Hemp

While this may seem like a basic distinction, the problem arises from marijuana and hemp looking and smelling very similar. Testing to distinguish between the two can be difficult and potentially expensive. To combat this issue, Austin’s City Council has passed a provision that requests the Austin Police Department to cease arrests for low-level marijuana offenses. Another part of the provision requests that the APD stops spending the city’s funds on private lab testing, unless the case in question is a felony case or if the cannabis was used for drug trafficking instead of personal use.

The City Council’s reasoning behind this vote was simple: Many current Texas residents are supportive of legalized marijuana. Many states have passed similar measures, such as Illinois and California. Having a drug record can be detrimental to one’s life and future, preventing one from securing job opportunities or even housing. Studies have also shown that those from low income communities or minority groups are more likely to get arrested and sentenced to jail for drug. Additionally, citizens would rather have their tax money spent on more pressing issues than spent on testing cannabis’ THC levels.

Mixed Reactions

The provision has produced mixed reactions from the Austin Police Department. Some police officials have stopped citing and arresting those in possession of cannabis. However, some officers are still concerned with the safety of the city and its residents, worrying that the provision will invite dangerous drug-traffickers. The effects of the provision are still unknown, as the voting took place in late January of 2020. Certainly, the future data to come out on the financial effects vs. the potential increase in drug usage should be interesting.

Fortunately, Texas allows for several types of drug offenses to be sealed or expunged. If you have a criminal record that is holding you back, it’s best to seek the advice of professionals. You can start this process today by taking our free, secure eligibility test, or by contacting one of our knowledgeable representatives.

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Comment


Recent Posts

Marines Navy
How to Join the Navy or Marines with a Felony
December 8, 2021

By: Kirk von Kreisler Join the Navy or Marines with a Criminal Record Deciding to enlist in the United States Military is one of the most significant, life-changing decisions a person can make. But being able to join the military is certainly not guaranteed and may be particularly difficult if you have a felony conviction on your criminal record. The U.S. Military must … Read More>

How to Restore Gun Rights in Michigan
December 3, 2021

Read More>

Disclaimer: The material on this blog has been prepared and is copyrighted by WipeRecord, a division of Eastman, Libersat & Meyler, PC ("WipeRecord"). The material is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Information provided by or cited to third parties does not necessarily reflect the opinions of WipeRecord or any of its attorneys or clients. Results of any expungement or restoration of civil and/or firearm rights may vary from case to case. We obtained your email address when you took the eligibility test on our website. Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisement. Please refer to our website for prices. This is a legal advertisement. If you have already hired or retained a lawyer in connection with your gun rights restoration, please disregard this letter. Our lawyers do not have professional liability insurance.