Texas

Wed
18
Mar

Going to Pot? TX Lawmakers to Vote on Legalizing Medical Marijuana

AUSTIN – Medical marijuana has got a lot of folks buzzed in the Lone Star State. Lawmakers will have their chance to vote on House Bill 3785 this session, which would give Texans a shot at using the drug for medicinal purposes.

Will this bill go up in smoke?

Well, maybe. We’re still in Texas, folks. But a recent poll showed nearly 60% of Texans support medical legalization.

So, does this mean pot shops will sprout like weeds in DFW like they did in Colorado?

Wed
18
Mar

She's 85. She's a Texas Republican. And she's a marijuana activist

WASHINGTON—Ann Lee, a Republican precinct chairman in southwest Houston, had her first marijuana epiphany around her 60th birthday.

A workplace fall paralyzed her son Richard from the waist down. When he began to use marijuana to treat his pain, she decided her lifelong opposition to the drug was wrong.

Her second epiphany came after her 80th birthday. NORML, the marijuana advocacy group, invited her to be part of a five-person panel discussion at a conference in 2012. “As we all talked,” she says, “we realized that three of us were Republicans!”

Tue
17
Mar

Dallas Sheriff's Department shuts down marijuana protest

A group which has been holding banner drops on overpasses around the Dallas/Fort Worth area was approached by the Dallas Sheriff’s Department and told they had to take their banner down.

The DFW Medical Marijuana Bridge Brigade was on the Preston Bridge over the George Bush Turn Pike displaying a banner which reads “Honk For Medical Marijuana” in Dallas.

Deputies arrived and told the group that they were were breaking city code, however when asked which codes the group was breaking, the deputy stated “I don’t have to tell you that, it’s not my job to inform.”

Risking arrest, the group took the banner down despite believing that they were exercising their First Amendment rights.

Tue
17
Mar

Marijuana Is God's Plant

On Texas’s Independence Day, Republican David Simpson filed a sweeping bill (HB 2165) that would end marijuana prohibition in Texas. Simpson’s bill aims to delete any mention of marijuana from state law, completely deregulate and decriminalize it and treat it as any other vegetable.

A release from Simpson’s office called the proposal a first in the nation. The statement read:

“I am proposing that this plant [marijuana] be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee.

Mon
16
Mar

Texas lawmakers introduce bills to legalize medical marijuana

Texas lawmakers introduced comprehensive medical marijuana legislation Friday that would allow patients suffering from serious conditions — including cancer and seizure disorders — to access the plant with a doctor's prescription.

“By continuing to deny access to patients, we limit the rights of families to seek the best possible treatment for conditions that do not respond to other drugs or therapies," Rep. Márquez said in a news release. "We should create paths, and not obstacles, in allowing doctors to recommend medicine that has been shown to work."

The House and Senate bills differ from previous proposals that would allow access to cannabidiol (CBD) oils with little or no THC, the chemical that gives users their high.

Sat
07
Mar

Texas lawmakers considering marijuana reform

Currently, there are 10 bills in Austin regarding decriminalizing or legalizing medicinal or recreational marijuana. 

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medicinal and or recreational pot.

"Still haven't seen any reports on rioting, looting, society hasn't collapsed in the great state of Alaska and hasn't collapsed in any of the other states that have experimented with legalization or decriminalization or medical marijuana," Jake Syma said.

Some Texas law makers considering adding Texas as the 24th. 

There are eight bills in the House and two in the Senate, all regarding marijuana reform.

"I'm interested in how this goes, I hope it gets some legs, but I doubt it," Kenny Ketner said.

Thu
05
Mar
Wed
04
Mar

Agents seize over $5 million of marijuana - Rio Grande Texas

 U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector have seized more than $5 million worth of marijuana in multiple seizures since the first of the month.

The largest seizure occurred Wednesday morning near La Casita when agents observed footprints of several people walking north from the Rio Grande. The agents followed the trail and discovered several bundles of marijuana abandoned in the brush. With the help of a K-9, the agents were able to locate 11 more bundles. The marijuana had a total weight of more than 1,000 pounds and was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Wed
04
Mar

Texas Republican Mounts Pro-Marijuana Campaign, Bible in Hand

Did God give us marijuana for a reason?

It sounds like a stoner question, but a conservative Christian lawmaker in Texas is arguing that since God made cannabis, the government should regulate it like any other plant.

State Representative David Simpson of Longview introduced a bill Monday that would remove any mention of marijuana from Texas law, and set the plant to be regulated like tea or tomatoes. If Simpson’s bill passed, it would place sales and property taxes on buyers and growers, respectively, but it wouldn't be marked up with a so-called sin tax.

“The plant is good. God made it, and it wasn’t a mistake that government needs to fix.”

State Representative David Simpson

Wed
04
Mar

Representative files bill to legalize marijuana in Texas

Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) filed a bill Monday to legalize marijuana in Texas.

If passed, HB 2165 would repeal offenses related to possessing, selling and growing marijuana in Texas. The bill retracts all mentions of the word “marihuana” mentioned in the current provisions of the law.

In a statement, Simpson said, “God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana.” According to Simpson, the government should not have a role in marijuana regulation.

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