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School District Warns of Criminal Charges If Students Caught With CBD Oil

Parts of Mansfield are in Tarrant County, where prosecutors pledge to prosecute people possessing CBD

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    Mansfield Parents Warned About CBD

    Parents in Mansfield are being warned that their kids could face felony charges for bringing CBD oil to school. (Published Friday, Feb. 8, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Mansfield ISD officials say the warning was sent mainly to inform parents of the health risks associated with e-cigarettes.

    • In Tarrant County, prosecutors have said even THC-free CBD products could lead to a misdemeanor charge.

    • CBD makers are pushing back, saying Texas law is unclear. Urging law enforcement to wait for guidance from the state legislature.

    The Mansfield Independent School District has issued a notice to parents, warning them that their kids could face felony charges for bringing CBD oil to school.

    Parts of Mansfield are in Tarrant County, where NBC 5 Investigates has reported that prosecutors pledged to prosecute people for possessing CBD.

    The warning was part of a memo to parents expressing concern about a growing number of teens using e-cigarettes, and even vaping products that contain CBD oil.

    Some law enforcement officials insist the oil is illegal in Texas, despite the fact that it's sold in stores throughout the state.

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    If you've been out at all recently, you've likely seen the newest health craze -- CBD oil. But is it legal in Texas? Well, that depends on who you ask.

    (Published Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019)

    "It's an offense, obviously, per state law. But you're going to be charged with a felony, as a child?" asked Misty Flores, the mother of five students in Mansfield schools, the oldest at Lake Ridge High School.

    The school district's warning definitely got Flores' attention, especially the part about CBD and the risk of students possibly being charged with a crime.

    Mansfield ISD officials declined to speak on camera, but told NBC 5 Investigates the warning was sent mainly to inform parents of the health risks associated with e-cigarettes.

    However, the only section of the letter in bold print is the part that says, "Any student caught on school grounds with an e-cigarette that has been positively tested for CBD… will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor."

    And if the e-cigarette contains any THC, the intoxicating substance in marijuana, "that student will be charged with a felony."

    CBD oil sometimes contains small amount of THC, but not enough to get high.

    CBD User Says Tougher Laws Will Spark 'Uproar' in Texas

    [DFW] CBD User Says Tougher Laws Will Spark 'Uproar' in Texas

    A CBD user says if the state toughens the laws against the oil there will be an "uproar" and that supporters "are not going to go down quietly." 

    (Published Friday, Feb. 1, 2019)

    Still, some Texas law enforcement officials believe all CBD oil is illegal in Texas. And in Tarrant County, the district attorney's office says it will prosecute.

    Last month, Larry Moore, a senior prosecutor in the DA's office, said: "It's illegal. And until the legislature changes that, it's going to continue to be illegal."

    More recently, District Attorney Sharen Wilson continued to say the oil is against the law, but that her office would not devote a lot of resources to prosecute CBD cases.

    CBD makers are pushing back, saying Texas law is unclear. They urge law enforcement officials to not take action until the state legislature gives more guidance.

    "That's why it's critical that our legislators respond and take care of this problem simply by passing the hemp law," said Sheila Hemphill, program director for the Texas Hemp Industries Association.

    Such passage, Hemphill said, would "harmonize our state law with the federal farm bill that just passed."

    CBD Legality Up to State Legislators, Tarrant DA Says

    [DFW] CBD Oil Legality Up to Legislators, State Health Department, Tarrant County District Attorney Says

    The Tarrant County District Attorney's Office issued a statement on the legality of CBD oil in Texas Tuesday following a series of reports last week by NBC 5 Investigates.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019)

    A bill is pending in the state legislature that would make CBD legal.

    Flores said the school warning has motivated her to talk to her children.

    "I'm definitely going to be talking to my kids about vaping, all of that… with CBD oil," she said.

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