Cannabis in Austin. Is it Legal to consume Marijuana in Austin Texas?

There is no doubt that the US has developed a more balanced perspective on cannabis regulation in the last few years. With the help of vocal supporters, positive changes have been implemented. Only 36 states allow for Medicinal Marijuana, and only half of those states allow for recreational consumption of cannabis. Texas unfortunately - is not one of those states. 


Explaining Austin’s Cannabis Policies


In 2020, Austin City Council passed a resolution to cease arresting and ticketing citizens found in possession of a small amount of marijuana. This means that having a small amount of cannabis is essentially decriminalized in Austin.


“Austin Police Department will no longer cite or arrest individuals with sufficient identification for Class A or Class B misdemeanor 'possession of marijuana’ offenses, unless there is an immediate threat to a person's safety or doing so as part of the investigation of a high priority, felony-level narcotics case or the investigation of a violent felony,”

  • Police Chief Brian Manley

  • This is a huge step in the right direction for the future of the industry. In this article we will go into depth about what exactly is legal in Austin, great alternatives to marijuana, and how to get them delivered. 


    Is Marijuana legal in Austin?


    The short answer would be: no. At the time of writing this article, across the state of Texas, even in Austin, any amount of marijuana is considered illegal. Technically, possession of marijuana seeds, flowers, leaves or any type of drug paraphernalia is still illegal. 


    To be clear: it is illegal to possess marijuana in Texas. 

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    Weed in Austin is Decriminalized, NOT Legal


     Decriminalization means that local law enforcement is choosing not to enforce certain laws. If an Austin police officer sees you smoking a joint, they will most likely just ignore it as long as it is a small amount. Although you won’t be prosecuted for small possession amounts, it is still illegal to sell or purchase any amount. 


    Common practices for your safety would be to refrain from smoking while operating a motor vehicle, as well as staying away from smoke-free areas or any Schools/ Universities or outside any commercial properties. In the case that a police officer approaches you, always be respectful and understand that they are just doing their job and trying to protect you from harming yourself or others. Don’t get defensive and try to be as respectful and nice if you are caught smoking by law enforcement. Mostly likely they will let you off and allow you to go on with your day. Although most are willing to take the risk, there are 100% federally legal alternatives to smoking marijuana that provide most of the same medicinal benefits. 


    The 100% Legal Alternative: Delta 8 Cannabis


    Delta 8 Cannabis is a federally Legal alternative to marijuana that is undoubtedly more potent than CBD. It was made legal in the 2018 Farm bill and we have an entire article dedicated to breaking down Delta 8. In short, Delta 8 provides all the same benefits as marijuana with a slightly less psychoactive effect. It facilitates a more active high in which the user can still focus while experiencing less anxiety. Delta 8 can be consumed in its oil form with a disposable or cart or it can be smoked like regular bud in a joint, blunt, pipe or bong. 


    Getting Delta 8 Delivered in Austin TX


    Although a variety of smoke shops carry Delta 8, Golden Leaf is at the forefront of facilitating the best user experience possible by enabling customers to order Delta 8 Delivery as well the delivery of other smoking essentials in Austin. 


    Thanks for reading this article as we gear up for the “Colder” Austin weather coming soon! Please feel free to contact us at support@goldenleafshop.com with any questions or concerns.

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