The Texas Senate just approved HB 2593, a bill that significantly reduces penalties for cannabis concentrates and infused products! This is an historic moment in Texas!
Authored by Rep. Joe Moody and sponsored by Senator Nathan Johnson, HB 2593 has now that it has been approved by the Senate and, since it was amended, must be accepted by the House before being sent to the Governor.
The amendment made to the bill includes all ALL THC in the definition, so delta-8 THC products would be subject to the same penalties as delta-9 THC. The legality of delta-8 THC products was already in question after testimony from the Department of State Health Services during the hemp hearing. Here’s a memo published by the Commissioner John Hellerstedt, M.D. in January. More info from Texas NORML here.
- Currently, any amount of concentrated THC or cannabis infused product carries an automatic FELONY charge, compounding the already significant collateral consequences of a marijuana conviction.
- Under HB 2593, Possession of two ounces or less of THC concentrate or cannabis infused products would be a Class B Misdemeanor (same as current penalties for cannabis flower).
- THC concentrates include oils used in vape pens, tinctures, or infused lotions. Infused edible products like baked goods or lozenges are also included in this penalty group.
This wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of our grassroots movement. Great work, everyone!