Texas

Fri
28
Feb

Texas Law Enforcement Will Not Test THC Levels in Misdemeanor Possession Cases

The ongoing dilemma over lab testing has defined the rollout of Texas’ new hemp law. This month brought another development, with the state’s Department of Public Safety informing law enforcement that state labs will not conduct testing in misdemeanor marijuana cases. 

Lawmakers in Texas passed a bill last year permitting farmers in the state to cultivate hemp, and effectively removing it from the state’s list of controlled substances and legalizes cannabidiol, or CBD, as well as products made from hemp. The measure was signed into law last June  by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. 

Thu
30
Jan

USDA Green Lights Another Three State Hemp Plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the latest states to have their plans approved under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

Delaware, Nebraska and Texas all scored a guernsey, adding to the original state plans approved late last year –  those for Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.

As well as states, a number of Indian tribes have also had their plans approved:

Tue
14
Jan

Austin Politician Proposes Ban on Using Government Funds for THC Testing

When Texas legalized hemp last year, it threw the state’s marijuana policing into some kind of chaos. All of a sudden, officers were largely left without proper testing technology to determine if suspects’ leafy greens possessed a THC percentage above the legal cutoff of 0.3 percent. As a result, law enforcement authorities across the state began to throw up their hands and throw out low-level possession cases.

Thu
09
Jan

The Future Looks Green for Marijuana in Texas

It was only five years ago that Governor Greg Abbott was firmly against legalizing marijuana in Texas, even for medicinal purposes. However, a change of heart appears to have come over the governor and the Republican majority, signaling that an end to a key fight in the War on Drugs may be nigh.

Fri
03
Jan

Marijuana prosecutions in Texas have dropped by more than half since lawmakers legalized hemp

It’s been more than six months since Texas lawmakers legalized hemp and unintentionally disrupted marijuana prosecution across the state.

Since then, the number of low-level pot cases filed by prosecutors has plummeted. Some law enforcement agencies that still pursue charges are spending significantly more money at private labs to ensure that substances they suspect are illegal marijuana aren't actually hemp.

Mon
16
Dec

Texas Hemp Plan Submitted To USDA

The Texas Hemp Program outline has been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval.

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Commissioner Sid Miller said he anticipates the USDA will approve the plan quickly, a necessary step before TDA can start granting licences. The USDA has 60 days to approve state plans after they are submitted.

“We will have a Texas hemp licensing program by early next year,” said Commissioner Miller.

Thu
12
Dec

Texas Hemp Plan Submitted To USDA

The Texas Hemp Program outline has been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for approval.

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Commissioner Sid Miller said he anticipates the USDA will approve the plan quickly, a necessary step before TDA can start granting licences. The USDA has 60 days to approve state plans after they are submitted.

“We will have a Texas hemp licensing program by early next year,” said Commissioner Miller.

Mon
25
Nov

Texas industrial hemp production is awaiting finalization of rules

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim final hemp production rules are now available. They were published Oct. 31 in the Federal Register and public comment will be allowed for 60 days on the USDA website.

Several more steps are required to the process to finalize Texas industrial hemp rules, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists working with hemp.

Tue
22
Oct

Hemp thefts skyrocket in the USA

It looks as though many hemp farmers in the USA have been facing an uphill battle in protecting their crops from pests – the two-legged kind.

It wasn’t that long ago news of hemp theft wasn’t all that common, but with so many states now permitting cultivating the crop and harvest season in play, incidents are being reported daily.

Among the instances of plants being stolen reported across the country over the last few weeks:

Mon
21
Oct

Hemp may soon be big business for Texas farmers

Industrial hemp and it’s blossoming future in Texas is a popular topic these days, admits Joshua McGinty, AgriLife crops expert.

“There’s a lot of people who show up for and against hemp production,” said McGinty, an assistant professor and extension agronomist at Texas A&M. “But either way, they show up – and pay attention.”

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, McGinty will offer his presentation “Current Legal Status and Possible Hemp Production in Texas” at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

Since Texas hemp production was made legal as of Sept. 1, many South Texas farmers have wondered whether the controversial crop is also profitable.

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