Texas Cannabis Industry Association launches five city tour

Texas Cannabis Industry AssociationCannabis is an industry unlike any other. Capable of providing life-saving medicine, sustainable fuel alternatives, safer pain management, cannabis is more than just a commodity, or “drug” it is a way of life for some and a saving grace for others. For these reasons, a group of law students along with a business owner in Fort Worth Texas founded the Texas Cannabis Industry Association (TCIA). Continue reading Texas Cannabis Industry Association launches five city tour

Rally to be held in Tyler for marijuana law reform

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A rally to change marijuana laws in Texas is slated for Tyler this coming weekend.

Activists hope to bring awareness of the need to stop arresting people for possession of marijuana, and will be promoting the legalization of medical marijuana. The ultimate goal though is full legalization of cannabis. Continue reading Rally to be held in Tyler for marijuana law reform

Bill to remove marijuana penalties hits Texas legislature as new poll shows 76 percent agree the law needs to change

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A bill has been introduced today which would remove the penalty for possessing marijuana in Texas.

Introduced by Rep. David Simpson, a Republican from Longview, HB 2165 sets forth a framework which would largely end the prohibition of marijuana. Continue reading Bill to remove marijuana penalties hits Texas legislature as new poll shows 76 percent agree the law needs to change

TCR Blog: Dangerous Freedom for A Cannabis Patient

During a recent interview with a local NBC affiliate, I was asked the question, “As a registered medical cannabis patient living in Texas, aren’t you afraid of what might happen to you?” My initial response, just little more on the confident side, was “I’m a 60-year old veteran; what would they do, take away my birthday?”

But, since I was just kidding, and really didn’t care for a walk across my 4th Amendment rights by law enforcement, I reflected on something Thomas Jefferson once stated. During one of his diplomatic speeches in France, Jefferson invoked the Latin phrase “Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem”; or “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” It has also been translated, “I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.” Continue reading TCR Blog: Dangerous Freedom for A Cannabis Patient

Marijuana related events in Texas for March 2015

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The following is a list of all known cannabis related events happening in Texas for the month of March, 2015.

A full list of events for the year can be found at http://www.txcann.com/events and coverage of various events can be found at http://txcann.com/category/events/.

Interested in having your event listed? Email a link to your event or a summary of it to Contact@txcann.com. Continue reading Marijuana related events in Texas for March 2015

Son of south Texas mayor arrested for marijuana distribution

Ruben Oscar Villarreal JrThe son of Rio Grande City’s mayor has been arrested for marijuana distribution.

Ruben Oscar Villarreal Jr., the 30-year-old son of Mayor Ruben Villarreal, has been charged with one count of felony delivery of marijuana, one count of Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana and four misdemeanor counts of delivery of marijuana, the McAllen Monitor reported. Continue reading Son of south Texas mayor arrested for marijuana distribution

Taking the message of marijuana to church

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Shaun McAlister, from DFW NORML speaks to members of the Westside Universal Unitarian church in Fort Worth about marijuana.

 

If you’ve never heard the topic of marijuana discussed at church before, chances are you could be hearing about it soon.

Marijuana is being talked about all around the country. With 23 states having legalized medical marijuana plus Washington, D.C., and four outright legalizing it for recreational consumption, it’s a subject whose time has seemingly come.

Shaun McAlister never thought he would be invited to speak at a local church in Fort Worth, Texas about marijuana, but when he got a call requesting him to do just that, he felt things had come full circle. Continue reading Taking the message of marijuana to church

Medical marijuana CBD bill moves into Texas House committee

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CBD Chemical Structure

The CBD-only medical marijuana bill filed in the Texas House of Representatives in January was read on the House floor today and then referred to the Public Health Committee.

HB 892 was filed by Rep. Stephanie Klick, a Republican out of Fort Worth, which would create a regulatory system to grow and distribute medical marijuana in Texas to a select group of patients, primarily those suffering from seizure disorders. Continue reading Medical marijuana CBD bill moves into Texas House committee

Second-hand marijuana smoke can cause a failed drug test

school-drug-testingA new study says it is possible to fail a drug test just by inhaling second-hand marijuana smoke, however it’s still probable that in most cases you’ll still pass.

The study took participants and paired them with a marijuana smoker in a sealed, poorly ventilated room. Three rounds were administered, with the potency of the cannabis consumed going up for the second and third rounds. Continue reading Second-hand marijuana smoke can cause a failed drug test

Texas legislators confused about medical marijuana bill

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There has been a struggle to introduce a whole plant medical marijuana bill in Texas because legislators seem to be confused on the subject.

So far a CBD-only bill has been introduced in the legislature. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 60 compounds found in the cannabis plant and it belongs to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. CBD is one of two major ingredients found in marijuana, along with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Continue reading Texas legislators confused about medical marijuana bill

Organizers to promote sixth annual Hemp History Week

Samples of hemp products including nutritional seeds, lotion, soap, and more.
Samples of hemp products including nutritional seeds, lotion, soap, and more.

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp are organizing the sixth annual Hemp History Week, which will be held June 1-7, 2015.

Encouraged by federal support in Congress, with the Industrial Hemp Farming Act recently introduced in both the House and Senate in January 2015, the campaign’s theme Sow the Seed will highlight spring plantings in states that have passed legislation to allow industrial hemp farming, and encourage consumers to participate in the Take Action campaign to garner support among legislators for hemp farming throughout all 50 states. Continue reading Organizers to promote sixth annual Hemp History Week

American Sniper killer Routh said to have ‘cannabis-induced psychotic symptoms’

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Eddie Ray Routh

It was revealed near the beginning of his trial that Eddie Routh had tested positive for marijuana when he killed Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield.

Routh was on a cocktail of prescription drugs, alcohol, and marijuana at the time of the killings each side claims, all of which were due to PTSD. He had been in and out of mental health institutions prior to the shootings.

Prosecutors contend that the marijuana Routh had consumed was likely laced, possibly with formaldehyde or PCP.

Now a psychologist has testified that Routh is not insane, and that cannabis had an effect on what took place. Continue reading American Sniper killer Routh said to have ‘cannabis-induced psychotic symptoms’

Marijuana activists in Nacogdoches volunteer at Special Olympics

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The newest non-profit marijuana law reform group in Texas spent their Saturday volunteering at the Special Olympics.

Eight members from Nacogdoches NORML helped work the recent Special Olympics basketball competitions. Their deputy director Catherine Marie helped coordinate an event while the rest helped get the athletes’ lunches ready. Continue reading Marijuana activists in Nacogdoches volunteer at Special Olympics

Patients headed to Texas capitol to lobby for medical marijuana

The Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics lobbied state representatives in Austin back in January.
The Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics lobbied state representatives in Austin back in January.

Seeking the right to use medicine which is legal in 23 other states, patients from around Texas will be heading to Austin this week to speak with legislators about the need for a medical marijuana program.

Headed up by the Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics, those who are suffering hope that their representatives listen to them when they come to the capitol on Tuesday. Continue reading Patients headed to Texas capitol to lobby for medical marijuana

300 descend on Texas capitol for marijuana lobby day

Over 300 people showed up to the Texas state capitol to lobby for marijuana law reform.
Over 300 people showed up to the Texas state capitol to lobby for marijuana law reform.

On Wednesday, a record amount of people traveled to Austin for a marijuana lobby day. There were reportedly over 300 people from all over the state who made it in to speak with legislators about the need to enact a medical marijuana program, and decrease the penalty for simple possession of cannabis.

Several organizations were represented amongst the group, including NORML chapters from Austin, Houston, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Also there and based in Houston is Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP), as well as Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy which is a lobbyist group who has promoted both a medical and penalty reduction bill. Continue reading 300 descend on Texas capitol for marijuana lobby day

Texas Senate CBD-only medical marijuana bill advances

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A bill filed which would allow for medical marijuana in Texas with a very low THC content has been moved to the Health and Human Services committee in the senate. It had previously been referred to State Affairs.

Introduced by Sen. Kevin Eltife, a Republican from Tyler, SB 339 would create a regulatory system to grow and distribute medical marijuana in Texas to a select group of patients, primarily those suffering from seizure disorders. It has been dubbed a CBD-only bill due to its restrictions on THC, the active ingredient in cannabis which produces a high. Both CBD and THC have been shown to have medicinal qualities, however strains with a higher CBD-content have successfully been used to help control seizure activity. Continue reading Texas Senate CBD-only medical marijuana bill advances

Trip through Texas requires camouflage for pot vehicles

The 420 Truth Car and Blaze the Tahoe at the 2014 Dallas St. Patrick's Day parade.
The 420 Truth Car and Blaze the Tahoe at the 2014 Dallas St. Patrick’s Day parade.

While police in north Texas are friendly towards the marijuana mobiles, the rest of the state isn’t as well acquainted with them.

Known as both the 420 Truth Car and Blaze The Tahoe,  a former police interceptor and a SUV have been modified to help promote marijuana law reform in Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Continue reading Trip through Texas requires camouflage for pot vehicles

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