Medlin Law Firm - April 2019


The Truth About CBD Oil in Texas

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis extract that’s been shown to have many pharmaceutical uses, including treatment of epilepsy, anxiety, and chronic pain. While the oil does not contain the psychoactive properties one associates with “getting high,” being made from cannabis places CBD in a legal gray area in the United States. While many stores have begun selling CBD products in Texas, possessing these or any other cannabis byproducts can land you in jail. But Isn’t CBD Legal Nationally? Technically, yes. Thanks to the farm bill, CBD oil is legal to sell as long as it does not contain THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana). However, as decaf coffee can still have low levels of caffeine, CBD oil derived from hemp can still contain trace amounts of THC. While some states let this slide, Texas currently isn’t one of them. What Happens If My CBD Oil Contains Any THC? Texas law defines any cannabis product with THC as marijuana. Since the FDA considers marijuana a Schedule I drug, you can face felony charges. Some counties in Texas take a hands-off approach, rarely testing CBD oils for THC. However, Tarrant County has taken an aggressive stance, meaning it’s possible to buy CBD oil in Tarrant County or elsewhere in the state, only to be charged with a crime when taking it back to Fort Worth.

What If I Have a Prescription for CBD Oil? The only exception to this rule is if you have been prescribed CBD oil by a licensed physician for the treatment of epilepsy. No other medical uses for CBD, including the treatment of chronic pain, are recognized in Texas. What If I’m ChargedWith a Crime for Having CBD Oil? If you find yourself facing misdemeanor or felony charges for possession of CBD, contact an experienced Tarrant County criminal defense lawyer. The laws surrounding marijuana are complex and constantly shifting, but our expert team has handled hundreds of possession cases over the years and can give you the skilled representation you deserve.


Brain Buster


12 ounces pasta, ideally fusilli

1/2 pound broccoli florets

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano- Reggiano Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste

2 carrots, shredded

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved


1. In a large pot, liberally salt water and bring to a boil. Add fusilli and cook according to package directions. Add broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper during the last 2 minutes of cook time. 2. Drain the pasta and veggies, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Return pasta and veggies to pot. 3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium heat. Add garlic and cook until translucent and golden, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until tomatoes are wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved pasta water. 4. Add tomato mixture to pasta pot, stirring to coat evenly. 5. Divide into bowls, top with Parmesan cheese, and serve.

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