Patrick Wilson, Ellis County and District Attorney, brought the latest information about marijuana and its derivatives to the Rotary Club.

Except for very limited medical uses prescribed by registered doctors to registered patients under Senate Bill 339, the Texas Compassionate Use Act, cannabis in all its forms is illegal in Texas.

Wilson was most concerned about producers using candies and similar products infused with cannabidiol. Cannabidiol or CBD is often infused into products which are attractive to children. Examples are Chill Gummies (infused Gummy Bears), Capt. Munch breakfast cereal and Mutterfinger candy bars.

He explained that children could be quickly confused and may be harmed by eating a quantity of them.

CBD products are sold on the internet and may also be sold at health food stores or head shops but, in addition to being attractive to children, they are illegal in Texas. The health food stores are not regulated, and it is found that some of these products do not actually contain CBD. Some of them originate in China. Only a lab can determine chemical contents.

CBD and THC are extracts of the marijuana plant. CBD generally does not have the psychoactive effect that THC has so recreational users prefer high blends with THC. In 1985 the basic marijuana plant had 4 percent THC. Now they have been modified to have 12 percent. Thus, someone using the project gets three times the THC he or she would have received in 1985. Usage and its effects are more substantial now.

Mr. Wilson also spoke about “marijuana tourists” who venture to a state where usage is legal and bring some back. If you bring back a CBD soda, it is considered 12 ounces which is a first-degree felony.

His job is to enforce the laws on the books. If you want to change the law, go to Austin and work to get the legislators to make the change. In the meantime, he prefers to educate people about what is legal and illegal.