Texas

Wed
19
Aug

Hemp Flower Bans Threaten Commerce In Indiana And Texas

With the legalization of hemp at the federal level with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, it wasn’t long before a new industry based on the increasing popularity of cannabidiol began to take root across the country. But the growth of that industry is at risk in Indiana and Texas, where bans on hemp flower threaten the livelihoods of farmers and small business owners alike.

Wed
19
Aug

Texas punishing people and small businesses for its hemp debacle: lawsuit

Though Texas lawmakers legalized the production and sale of hemp in its last legislative session, the state has now created a framework that essentially bans the sale of “smokable” products.

Edible goods, tinctures and topicals remain okay under the new program. But farmers and cannabis activists alike have voiced concern that lawmakers violated the scope of the original legislation.

Mon
10
Aug

Texas Rolls Out Consumable Hemp Program and Smokable Hemp Ban

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has launched a Consumable Hemp Program “to provide clarity for future license and registration holders, as well as adequate safeguards for consumers,” the agency says on its website.

Wed
05
Aug

Texas Now Accepting Applications To Manufacture, Sell Consumable Hemp Products

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Monday it has launched a new program to regulate the manufacturing, processing, distribution and retail sale of consumable hemp products.

Thu
30
Jul

Texas to end retail outlet sales of legal smokable cannabis

The smoking of legal cannabis in Texas may go on. But as of this Sunday, stores that sell hemp flowers can only sell consumable versions of the plant. 

By state regulations, consuming does not include smoking.

“I think we’re going to lose some sales,” Alex Reyes said.

Reyes is a manager for Mary Jane’s CBD Dispensary-Smoke & Vape Shop. He said 30% of their business comes from the sales of smokable cannabis. The business owner added to the store's tobacco supply to stave off an expected dropoff in sales elsewhere once the new hemp laws take effect. 

“But I don’t think it’s the biggest impact,” Reyes said. “The biggest impact is to our patients and guests that come in here.”

Wed
29
Jul

House Speaker Admits Marijuana Could Save Texas Economy, But Won’t Pursue It

Estimates show legal marijuana could produce $1 billion in tax revenue, and long-time opponents now seem open to the idea.

Wed
20
May

Will States Impacted By Coronavirus Turn To Marijuana Legalization?

States still searching for the best path forward in balancing economic and health concerns amid the continuing coronavirus outbreak also face another challenge once businesses reopen: recovering billions lost in state tax revenue, as well as millions of lost jobs.

In the long term, marijuana legalization might provide an answer. Even in historically conservative Texas, where marijuana is not legal but has been decriminalized, a movement is growing to legalize cannabis. Many believe the resulting tax revenue can help the state recover.

Tue
12
May

States makes push to regulate CBD in food with no FDA policy in sight

Nearly a year and a half after the U.S. legalized hemp via the 2018 Farm bill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still hasn’t hashed out regulation regarding the use of CBD in food. 

Thu
02
Apr

We are getting closer and closer to accurate testing for cannabis impairment

It’s not a done deal, but a simple, quick and accurate saliva test for THC could help identify cannabis intoxication during roadside stops.

Developed by researchers from the University of Texas, THC sensor strips and an electronic reader could help kick some persistent misperceptions to the curb, including that driving after smoking cannabis is safer than driving drunk.

As legalization increases around the globe, more and more regions are in need of proper testing options for drivers potentially impaired by cannabis.

Tue
31
Mar

Journey Newson stripped of UFC win after failing drug test

Journey Newson has been dealt a serious blow by the state of Texas.

The mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who thought he won his UFC 247 fight by knockout in just 38 seconds in Houston on Feb. 8, has had the win overturned by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation over a failed drug test. The official result of the bout has been changed to a no-decision.

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