Texas bill would reduce penalty for marijuana concentrates
DENISON, Texas (KTEN) -- In the State of Texas, if someone is caught with marijuana concentrates, it's considered a felony.
But House Bill 2593 could change that.
"That bill will reduce that from an automatic felony to a Class-B misdemeanor," explained Zachary Maxwell, president of Texas Hemp Growers Association.
Driven by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Charles Perry -- both Republicans -- an amendment crossed the Senate Floor to modify HB 2593.
"They slipped in an amendment, kind of late night hour amendment, that effectively lumps delta-8 into the state's definition of concentrates," Maxwell said.
Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy explains that THC concentrates include oils used in vape pens, tinctures or infused lotions along with baked goods and lozenges.
Although delta-8 has been proven to be beneficial for some, legislators want to ban delta-8 products derived from hemp because it is deemed to be a controlled substance under federal law.
If passed, the bill could affect growers, customers and Philip Melton, who owns CBD American Shaman in Denison.
"What it's going to do is create challenges, not only for our industry, but the people that rely on the products," Melton said. "We have many many people, including doctors, that use the delta-8 products."
Members of the Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy want to meet halfway.
"We say, let's regulate it. Let's make it to where you have to be 21 and older to buy it. It has to be in childproof containers. It can't be opened in the car. And there should be penalties for violating those rules," Maxwell said.
"If HB 2593 bill is singed into law, it will go into effect on September 1.