A Close Look At Psychedelic Drug Laws in Texas

People are swarming to Texas, but it’s not because of their drug laws. 

By Phil Dubley Fact-Checked By Tripsitter Legal Team · Last Updated: January 10, 2024
Last Updated: January 10, 2024

Except for Travis County, Texas remains one of the stricter states in terms of psychedelic laws and regulations.

Learn about the regulations imposed on psychedelic mushrooms in the state of Texas, as well as information on similar psychedelics, including LSD, MDMA, ketamine, and more.

Recent Updates in Texas

Are Magic Mushrooms Legal in Texas?

Texas penalizes the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms. The exception is Travis County, where penalties have been significantly reduced for personal quantities of magic mushrooms and other natural psychedelics.

Magic mushrooms sit in the 2-A category of drugs, the same as MDMA and amphetamines.

The penalties for possession include fines of up to $50,000 and two years in prison. That said, if you’re carrying bulk amounts, you could face much more severe penalties.

Related: Where are magic mushrooms legal?

What Are the Medicinal Uses of Magic Mushrooms?

Thanks to the hard work of various researchers over the past several years, we now have irrefutable evidence that proves psilocybin and psilocin (the active ingredients in magic mushrooms) have clear medicinal value. These findings make it much harder for regulators to maintain bans on this substance.

Research supports the use of magic mushrooms for the following conditions:

Moreover, research has shown that magic shrooms & other psychedelics have the potential to boost problem-solving skills and creativity.

Is LSD Legal in Texas?

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is illegal throughout the United States, including Texas. There are currently no US states that permit the use of LSD for medicinal or recreational purposes.

Only a select handful of universities and biomedical companies have been granted access to study this compound legally as well.

In Texas, the possession and production of LSD could result in a fine of $250,000 or a prison sentence ranging from 2 years to life imprisonment, depending on the quantity.

Is MDMA Legal in Texas?

MDMA (ecstasy) is currently illegal in Texas — however, laws appear to be changing.

The FDA is expected to approve the use of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of PTSD in the next couple of months.

With that said, there’s no indication MDMA will be legalized outside the medical setting in the near future.

Illegal possession of MDMA can lead to two years in jail for less than a gram and up to life imprisonment for 400 grams or more.

These laws are set to change in the near future as MDMA-assisted psychotherapy becomes more widely accepted in the United States.

What’s the Difference Between Legalization & Decriminalization?

Although many confuse these two terms, there’s a big difference between legalization and decriminalization. While legalization means all penalties for a particular activity are removed, decriminalization means they’re significantly reduced but not eliminated.

Key Takeaways: What’s the Future of Psychedelics in Texas?

Texas is not exactly known for being very progressive with its laws. In fact, many argue this state has been much more regressive in the past couple of months.

However, more and more Texans support the legalization or decriminalization of psychedelics. We expect laws to change here in the next few years, but there’s nothing in the current pipeline that would bring legal (or decriminalized) psychoactive substances within the next 12 months.