Texas representative introduces bill to decriminalize marijuana

State Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, introduced a bill on Monday to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the Texas House of Representatives. The measure, House Bill 63, was submitted by Moody on the first day of the pre-filing period for the 2019 legislative session.

If passed, “a person who knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marihuana [sic] in an amount that is one ounce or less does not commit an offense but is liable to the state for a civil penalty not to exceed $250,” according to the text of the bill.


Marijuana heats up Texas Senate race

Marijuana and drug legalization is turning into a red-hot issue in Texas’s red-hot U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

A piece on the Marijuana Moment website by Kyle Jaeger sketches out how pot (and other drug) legalization is increasingly shaping the race.

O’Rourke has made marijuana legalization a major plank in his campaign platform. He wants to end marijuana prohibition at the federal level. He also supports expunging the criminal records of people who have been convicted of non-violent marijuana offenses.


Man denied liver transplant due to medical cannabis use

According to his family, Rolando Rosa was denied a liver transplant after the hospital detected cannabis in his bloodstream. He uses medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids.

A man is trying to crowdfund money after being denied a liver transplant at a hospital in Texas for having CBD and THC in his system, according to his family. The man is named Rolando Rosa, and his family claims that the operation is urgent and would be “life-saving,” suggesting that without the implant, Rosa may not have much time left.


The surprising neurological effects of combining cannabis and tobacco

The use of cannabis and tobacco often reduce the neuro-connectivity in the brains of people who consume one or the other separately. However, this is not the case with people who consume both.


As more states legalize marijuana, advocates see signs suggesting Texas may move that way

In Texas, both political parties now support loosening the restrictions on marijuana in their platforms. That's just the clearest sign that both public opinion and the political calculus on pot are rapidly shifting.


Legal barriers will not stop CBD oil in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the potential of the CBD oil market. In fact, CBD is one of the most popular new extracts in the state, with Dallas-Fort Worth the latest city to experience a surge in stores selling CBD oil.


9 Barriers to marijuana legalization in Texas

Will this traditionally red state ever go green?

Legalization in Texas might be closer than we think, but the reality is that despite the state’s fierce individuality and believe in personal liberties, the red state mentality still largely applies to the green stuff. Here are ten barriers that are keeping Texas from making like Peter Tosh and legalizing it.


How close is Texas to legalizing marijuana?

Canadian lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Our northern neighbors are only the second country in the world to legalize marijuana. This poses a question: Are times changing? In their recently adopted party platform, Texas Republicans endorsed medical marijuana, cannabis decriminalization and industrial hemp.

Frank Snyder, a law professor at Texas A&M University, says that Canada’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana use will most likely affect the United States’ position on pot.


Texas Republican party supports marijuana decriminalization and reclassifying cannabis at federal level

While the Democratic Party in major states like New York has come out in support of marijuana legalization in recent months, the Republican Party continues to stay silent on the issue. But now one state's GOP is taking a major stand on the issue, writes Joseph Misulonas.


More marijuana in Texas? Why that question is lighting up Republicans

What's red, white, blue — and green — all over? This year it's the Republican State Convention. Thousands of Republicans gathering here this week for their every-other-year state convention are tackling issues ranging from abortion to guns. And marijuana.

At this most conservative gathering — where many delegates proudly wear their red, white and blue — some are calling for medical marijuana to be available to more Texans.


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