Sunday Rally Planned To Support Texas' Budding Efforts To Decriminalize Marijuana

The legislative push to reduce or eliminate criminal penalties associated with the possession and use of marijuana is an imperative concern for many Texans statewide.

While information on all current bills and action items regarding marijuana are readily accessible, citizens of Texas lack the ability to vote directly on drug policies at a local level. Instead, elected officials congregate at the Capital once every two years to write and vote on bills in the House and Senate.


Thousands Expected At Global Marijuana March In Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW) – A global march for marijuana rights takes place tomorrow – and one of the largest rallies in the Southwest United States will be in downtown Fort Worth.

Organizers are expecting about 5,000 people to converge in downtown Fort Worth at noon Saturday to call for changes in marijuana laws.

Shaun McAlister, the Executive Director of the DFW chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, says too many people are being treated as criminals for possessing marijuana.

“People have had their kids taken away, drivers license, student aid  – all of these things you stand to lose, especially in Texas, if you are caught with a little bit of weed. It’s absurd.” said McAlister.


Medical Marijuana Bill Considered by Texas Lawmakers

A bill that that would allow epilepsy patients in Texas to use medicinal oils containing a therapeutic component found in marijuana was considered by state lawmakers in an emotional hearing on Tuesday.

House Bill 892 would legalize oils containing CBD, a non-euphoric component of marijuana known to treat epilepsy and other chronic medical conditions. By 2018, the measure would allow the state to regulate and distribute the oils to epilepsy patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication. The measure was left pending by the House Committee on Public Health.


Medical marijuana bills to be heard by House panel today following veterans’ plea

Texans suffering from chronic pain, seizures and other debilitating disorders will ask lawmakers Tuesday to support legislation that would allow them to use marijuana to treat their symptoms.

A proposal by Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso, would legalize marijuana for medical use and set up a licensing system for growers and dispensaries.

Chair of the House Public Health Committee Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, put medical marijuana-related bills on Tuesday’s schedule the day after veterans came to the Capitol topublicly ask her to give the proposals a hearing.


Marijuana Business Incubator Launches In Texas As Entrepreneurs Anticipate Legalization

Texas is known for many things, but legal cannabis isn’t one of them -- yet. Although the state hasn’t legalized marijuana use at this point, one enterprising incubator has taken on a number of pot entrepreneurs making big plans for the next few years.

The Texas Cannabis Industry Association (TCIA) has already begun working with nine startups on everything from business plans to legal advice. It also lobbies on cannabis policy issues at the state level.


The Global Marijuana March Begins May 2, 2015

The Global Marijuana March (GMM) is kicking off at different locations across the world taking place this year on Saturday May 2, 2015 and include marches, meetings, rallies, concerts, festivals and other relevant information and events relating to cannabis.

The Global Marijuana March began in 1999 which have had hundreds of thousands of people participated in over 829 different cities in 72 countries worldwide since its inception.

The Global Marijuana March is a celebration embracing cannabis culture as a personal lifestyle choice. Participants unite to discuss, promote, entertain and educate both consumers and non-consumers alike.


Medical Marijuana Available For Texas Pets

Medical marijuana for pets is now available in Texas. You can buy capsules, treats and other edibles as natural pain relievers online. They are legal because they contain such a low percentage of THC.

A Texas veterinarian says his biggest concern is pets being used as guinea pigs.

"I'm not comfortable with having somebody say, 'well, yeah let's throw it out there and hope for the best and we're going to use your pets as our experimental animals and see what works,'" said veterinarian Dr. Merten Pearson.

Veterinarians cannot prescribe cannabis products to pets, they can only recommend them.

The FDA says it is investigating the benefits of the products.


Business opportunities abound in medical marijuana — if you can figure out all the laws

The blue states have legalized marijuana for only medical purposes, while the red states have legalized it for both medical and recreational purposes. In all, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form.

It's been almost 20 years since the first state legalized medical marijuana, but conflicting regulations between the states and the lack of federal direction on its rules and regulations have left the industry fractured and stunted.


Texas Area organization promotes legalizing marijuana

Amarillo, TX - A new pro-cannabis organization in Amarillo is looking to grow its campaign by educating and registering more voters who are in favor of their message.

Amarillo Cannabis Culture knows its got an uphill battle with lots of opposition. We decided to find out for ourselves how hard that battle would be by asking area residents how they feel about the legalization of marijuana, and the responses weren't what we expected.


To the Bitter End: The 9 States Where Marijuana Will Be Legalized Last

We know the end is coming, but pot prohibition is going to have to be undone state by state. Here are the ones least likely to jump on the bandwagon.

Marijuana prohibition in the US is dying, but it isn't going to vanish in one fell swoop. Even if Congress were to repeal federal pot prohibition, state laws criminalizing the plant and its users would still be in effect—at least in some states.

And it's probably a pretty safe bet that Congress isn’t going to act until a good number of states, maybe more than half, have already legalized it. That process is already underway and is likely to gather real momentum by the time election day 2016 is over.


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