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Remember that Texas has strict marijuana laws

In some states, possession of a small amount of marijuana is similar to getting a speeding ticket; you just pay a small fine and it's over. In other states, possession is legal if you have a medical reason to require marijuana. In yet other states, a small amount is not only legal for recreational purposes, but you can buy it over the counter at numerous retail outlets.

Remember, even as the laws change in other states, Texas has not changed with them. Strict marijuana laws are still on the books.

For instance, perhaps you got caught with less than two ounces. That may not be much, but you could be fined as much as $2,000. You could spend up to 180 days behind bars.

If that happens, you are likely going to lose your job. If you're in college, you can't go to class and you'll start failing your way out. The ramifications are tremendous and can change the course of your life, even for less than two ounces.

So what happens if you have more than that? While having under two ounces is a Class A misdemeanor, you can get a Class B misdemeanor for two to four ounces. If you have more than four ounces and less than five pounds, now it's a felony charge that likely stays on your record for life. If you have five to 50 pounds, that increases to a third-degree felony. It's a second-degree felony for anywhere between 50 and 2,000 pounds.

It's even possible to get life in prison for marijuana possession in Texas. You can get that if you have more than 2,000 pounds, or a sentence ranging from five to 99 years. There is also a $50,000 fine.

Since Texas has such strict laws, it's critical that you know all of your legal rights when facing any allegations.

Source: FindLaw, "Texas Marijuana Laws," accessed March 14, 2018

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