Houston, Texas: It’s coastal location and proximity to Mexico have made Houston one of the nation’s largest marijuana distribution centers. Houston’s well- developed highway system, established financial infrastructure, racial and ethnic diversity, and large volume of international trade contribute to the region’s role as a major transshipment point for illicit drugs destined for U.S. drug markets and for drug proceeds destined for Mexico. As a result both State and Federal prosecutors, investigators, and agents have their eye on Houston. With over 50 years of marijuana criminal defense experience, our Houston Marijuana Lawyers know what it takes to defeat both Federal and State marijuana charges.

Texas Definition for Marijuana Possession

Possession of a marijuana in Texas means “actual care, custody, control, or management.” In order to unlawfully possess marijuana in Texas the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that 1) exercised control, management, or care over the substance; and 2) knew the substance was a drug. In other words, your connection with the drug must be more than an accident.

Punishment Range for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

The punishment range for unlawful possession of marijuana under Texas law varies depending on the weight.


2 oz./Class B Misdemeanor/180 days/$2,000 fine
2 – 4 oz./Class A Misdemeanor/1 year/$4,000 fine
4 – 5 lbs./State Jail Felony/2 years/$10,000 fine
5 – 50 lbs./3rd Degree Felony/10 years/$10,000 fine
50 – 2000 lbs./2nd Degree Felony/20 years/$10,000 fine
>2000 lbs./1st Degree Felony/99 years/$50,000 fine

These punishment ranges increas if a person knowingly manufactures, delivers, or possesses with intent to deliver marijuana.

Contact Houston’s Top Marijuana Lawyer

If you have been arrested for a state or federal possession, delivery, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana, it’s essential to talk with an experienced Houston marijuana lawyer about your case. Drug crimes and marijuana charges carry stiff punishments. While Texas laws concerning marijuana possession, delivery, and manufacturing are complicated, many defenses exist for these crimes. Each case is different, and it’s important to have a Houston marijuana attorney examine your case. Contact the nationally recognized drug defense firm of Adamo and Adamo today!

Learn more about Harris County’s Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, effective March 1, 2017.