Don’t Mess with CBD Oil in Texas

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DALLAS – A 71-year-old woman and a 22-year-old college student are among the people recently charged with felony drug possession at the nation’s fourth-largest airport.

Both individuals were arrested in April after Customs and Border Protection officers found CBD oil in their luggage at DFW International Airport, according to the local NBC news affiliate. Officials said on-the-spot tests indicated the presence of THC in the products.


Customs officers arrested a third person after a drug-sniffing dog alerted on the individual’s backpack. Inside, officers found a CBD vaporizer the traveler said he purchased at a CBD shop in Dallas. A field test of the cartridge indicated the presence of THC.

The federal 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp derivatives with THC levels at or below 0.3 percent; however, the field-testing equipment law enforcement officers currently use is not capable of accurately determining THC levels.

Despite, seven states, including Texas, still ban CBD pending legislative action. In April, the Texas House passed a hemp bill that would legalize CBD in accordance with federal law. The bill awaits action in the state Senate.