Is Texas a no-tolerance state for drugs? Well, the short answer is it depends. It depends a great deal on the jurisdiction or the city.
For instance, more liberal cities have more liberal attitudes towards drugs. Some cities are much more conservative and have much more strict attitudes towards drugs. But typically, any controlled substance – cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, those types of substances, I would say that everywhere in Texas is zero tolerance or no tolerance for any amount of that type of drug.
Now, the difference might be when we’re talking about marijuana. So, if it’s a small amount of marijuana, many cities have a very relaxed attitude towards it and may not arrest a person at all for just a joint or just a small amount of marijuana. Or they may just issue a ticket, the same as like a traffic ticket, punishable by fine only up to $500.
But some other cities are still much more strict. And for any amount of marijuana, they will arrest you and punish and prosecute you for possession of marijuana under two ounces. A class B level offense, punishable by up to 180 days in jail. Or if it’s two to four ounces, a class A level offense, punishable by up to a year in jail. And if it’s over four ounces, that can be a felony.
So the short answer is it depends. But, only regarding marijuana would I say anywhere in Texas do they have less than a zero tolerance for drugs.
In Texas, the rules about drugs are not the same everywhere. For potent drugs like cocaine and heroin, there is zero-tolerance all across the state. But when it comes to marijuana, it is different.
In some places, having a small amount might get you a fine, like a traffic ticket. In others, even a little bit can lead to arrest and jail time. So, for most drugs, it is zero tolerance, but for marijuana, it depends on where you are.
A drug crimes attorney can guide you through your case.