Texas

Wed
17
Feb

What does a medical cannabis program look like in a conservative U.S. state?

two medical bottles spilled over with cannabis buds in one and white pills in another

Cannabis reform is undoubtedly spreading across the United States, as more states adopt medical and adult use laws. However, many states that have done so over the years have been labeled as conservative for a variety of reasons. And it isn’t just traditionally red states doing the restricting.

Until it embraced reform in recent years, New York was considered one of the most restrictive states for, among other things, its caps on qualifying conditions, licences and high pricing.

Tue
16
Feb

Study: The More Dispensaries a County Has, the Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths

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Cannabis advocates have long called for allowing people to treat pain with marijuana rather than opioids. A new study shows that this is exactly what happens when you give people the freedom to choose between the two.

The study, published in The British Medical Association Journal, found that in United States counties, medical or recreational cannabis is available for purchase, the number of opioid-related deaths declined.

Mon
08
Feb

Home grown? Medical cannabis companies mostly out-of-state

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Once again, out-of-state business entities and owners took the majority of dispensary and processor permits for West Virginia’s long-awaited medical cannabis program.

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Medical Cannabis announced that 100 dispensaries between 32 companies with locations in 23 counties had been selected. The Office of Medical Cannabis announced the selection of 10 growers in October 2020 and 10 processors in November 2020.

Mon
25
Jan

West Texas hemp could be more marketable in coming year

hemp field

Making industrial hemp a profitable commodity for the West Texas agriculture community is a goal for the Texas Hemp Growers Association, and it's looking more likely to happen this year as potential partnerships with area grocers and other companies emerge.

Farmers interested in growing hemp in 2020, the first year to legally grow the crop, had to work out a number of logistics, such as finding a seed that would grow in the climate, finding a buyer before investing the acres, and even trying to outguess the weather to figure out when they should plant.

Fri
22
Jan

Texas May Be the Next State to Legalize Marijuana

Texas state building with the us flag and texan flag flying

Many people might not think of Texas as a state where marijuana legalization is possible. But the state's changing demographics have led to at least the potential for changes in cannabis laws.

There's also plenty of money involved. As data from other states attest, the legalization of marijuana paves the way for entrepreneurial opportunities, job creation, and increased tax revenue to go to projects that improve communities and support those most impacted by the War on Drugs.

Wed
20
Jan

West Texas hemp could be more marketable in coming year

hemp fields

Making industrial hemp a profitable commodity for the West Texas agriculture community is a goal for the Texas Hemp Growers Association, and it's looking more likely to happen this year as potential partnerships with area grocers and other companies emerge.

Farmers interested in growing hemp in 2020, the first year to legally grow the crop, had to work out a number of logistics, such as finding a seed that would grow in the climate, finding a buyer before investing the acres, and even trying to outguess the weather to figure out when they should plant.

Tue
12
Jan

Bills aim to expand legality of marijuana in Texas this legislative session

legal gavel on the table against legal documents

There are no less than 20 bills up for consideration regarding marijuana this legislative session in Texas but don’t bet the farm that any of them will become law.

While both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have expressed interest in decriminalizing marijuana, which is often considered an early step in full legalization, John Baucum, legislative director for Republicans against Marijuana Prohibition, believes it is not enough to move the needle on the issue. He said he believes that without the governor and lieutenant governor on board, marijuana legalization in Texas is destined for failure.

“If you’re going to have success in Texas, it has to go through the GOP,” Baucum said.

Mon
11
Jan

Texas' medical marijuana program is one of the most restrictive in the country

small growing cannabis plants in pots

Five years after Texas legalized medical marijuana for people with debilitating illnesses, advocates and industry experts say the state's strict rules, red tape and burdensome barriers to entry have left the program largely inaccessible to those it was intended to help.

But with a new legislative session gaveling in next month, some Texas lawmakers see an opportunity to fix the state's medical cannabis program - known as the Compassionate Use Program - by further expanding eligibility and loosening some restrictions so Texas' laws more closely resemble those of other states that allow the treatment.

There are 3,519 Texans registered with the state to use medical marijuana, though advocates say 2 million people are eligible based on current law.

Thu
07
Jan

Is Texas Ready To Become The Stoned Star State In 2021?

texas state building with texas flag

It remains to be seen just how far the Texas Legislature will run with marijuana legalization this year, but one thing is certain: residents think it’s a good idea.

Everything is bigger in Texas — just not when it comes to marijuana.

It has been five years since the state put a restrictive medical marijuana program on the books, one that caters only to the sickest of the sick and still only services roughly 3,000 people. The program is so measly by today’s stoner standards that we don’t hear too much about it.

Wed
06
Jan

Texas’ medical marijuana program is one of the most restrictive in the country. Advocates hope the Legislature will change that.

medical professional writing on a clipboard

Five years after Texas legalized medical marijuana for people with debilitating illnesses, advocates and industry experts say the state’s strict rules, red tape and burdensome barriers to entry have left the program largely inaccessible to those it was intended to help.

But with a new legislative session gaveling in next month, some Texas lawmakers see an opportunity to fix the state’s medical cannabis program — known as the Compassionate Use Program — by further expanding eligibility and loosening some restrictions so Texas’ laws more closely resemble those of other states that allow the treatment.

There are 3,519 Texans registered with the state to use medical marijuana, though advocates say 2 million people are eligible based on current law.

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