Texas

Mon
22
Apr

Legislators in Texas are ready to make reformative marijuana laws

In an effort to make one of the most populated states more marijuana-friendly, Texas State legislators are moving towards decriminalizing simple possession, along with a couple of other things.

Texas has long been one of the states that have been on the front lines of the War on Drugs.

 

3 major bills in the works

Currently there are 3 very important bills that may revolutionize the cannabis laws in Texas.

The first one, and the one most likely to pass, is the Act which would decriminalize simple possession. That bill advanced from the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee a few days ago.

Wed
17
Apr

These are the US Counties with the highest rate of marijuana arrests

Recreational cannabis use remains illegal in 40 US states, writes Calvin Hughes. But not all jurisdictions enforce prohibition with the same zeal. Some areas are more ruthless than others. With that in mind, here are the top 5 counties that have the highest rates of marijuana arrests, according to FBI data from 2016.

Mon
15
Apr

Dallas DA will no longer prosecute first-time cannabis misdemeanors

A memo released by the Dallas County district attorney John Creuzot states that first-time cannabis-related misdemeanors will no longer be prosecuted by his office. He also announced in the statement that first-time misdemeanors currently in-process that were filed before he took office will be thrown out.

Creuzot said the change is just part of “a step forward in ending mass incarceration in Dallas County.” The memo also included other changes in priority for law enforcement such as no longer prosecuting small possession charges for other drugs, people caught stealing “necessities” as well as anyone who drove with a suspended license.  

Fri
05
Apr

States move to legalize CBD to end confusion over U.S. rules

CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they’re illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation’s two largest states and others moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health.

Lawmakers in Texas and California are often in opposition, but they’re both pushing bipartisan legislation to sidestep federal law and allow sales of the compound found in hemp and marijuana. Republicans and Democrats in Congress also are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change its stance.

The FDA announced Tuesday that it will hold a public hearing in May to gather more information.

Tue
02
Apr

Texas Lawmakers plan to remove hemp from list of controlled substances

Amid a record-setting number of cannabis bill proposals being considered by the state’s lawmakers, Texas’ Department of State Health Services has announced that it will be removing hemp from its list of Schedule I drugs on Friday. Schedule I drugs are defined as substances with high potential for abuse and no medical use.

Wed
27
Mar

Marijuana decriminalization Bill approved by Texas House Committee

Texas State Representative Joe Moody’s House Bill 63 made it out of the House’s Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Monday on the power of a 5-2 vote in its favor. With the proposed legislation’s movement, it’s beginning to look more likely that Texas will see jail time taken off the table for those caught with small amounts of cannabis on their person.

Mon
25
Mar

Texas removing hemp from controlled substance list on April 5

In two weeks, hemp will no longer be considered a controlled substance in Texas, but there are still several questions the state legislature will need to clear up when it comes to the production of hemp. 

“Every day it seems like more and more people are coming through this door saying, ‘I'm curious about CBD,’” said Haley Baros, store manager at SunUp CBD.  

Thu
07
Mar

How would Whole Foods selling marijuana impact the industry?

Could you please point me in the direction of the marijuana aisle, please?

Although it could be some years before we start seeing major retail chains, like Walmart, selling marijuana in the United States, this concept will likely become part of the central vein of big business once the federal government finally ends its ban on the drug. There is even a possibility that some retailers could get in at some basic level before Congress legalizes nationwide, and it looks like Whole Foods Market might be one of the first to jump into the game.

Wed
06
Mar

There’s a ‘good’ chance whole foods will sell marijuana products

With the growing list of states that allow legal marijuana use and the many 2020 presidential hopefuls supporting marijuana legalization nationwide, avid smokers and occasional tokers alike are wondering where they’ll be able to legally purchase their pot.

Thu
07
Feb

Texas lawmaker introduces Bill to expand medical marijuana access

After a failed attempt to pass a law expanding medical marijuana access in 2017, Texas state representative Eddie Lucio III has proposed a fresh attempt at growing access to cannabis to Texans with qualifying medical conditions.

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