Texas non-profit has higher hopes than medical marijuana CBD-only bill

CBD Chemical Structure
CBD Chemical Structure

A  different kind of medical marijuana bill has been filed in Texas. Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) filed SB 339 and Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) filed HB 892, both relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis.

The bill would permit medical marijuana to be grown, but only strains which possess primarily Cannabidiol (CBD), leaving it illegal to produce most all cannabis strains due to their high Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Continue reading Texas non-profit has higher hopes than medical marijuana CBD-only bill

Waco man teams with NORML in push for medical marijuana to alleviate suffering

Alan Caruthers, of Waco, says he was 18 years old the first and last time he tried marijuana. It didn’t do much for him. Until this year, he saw no reason to try it again, and he dismissed arguments for decriminalizing it as pothead talk.

**This article is posted in remembrance of Alan, who recently lost his battle with cancer. Read his obituary here.

It took a four-year struggle with myelofibrosis to change his mind. His leukemialike bone marrow disease gives him constant bone pain. The chemotherapy gives him nausea that makes him vomit daily. The Vicodin, Ativan and other drugs he’s taking to relieve those symptoms are losing their effectiveness, and he’s afraid of getting addicted to them.

So now, at age 44, this Christian family man and lifelong Republican is considering medicating himself with marijuana. And he has become an unlikely advocate for the right to do so legally. Continue reading Waco man teams with NORML in push for medical marijuana to alleviate suffering

Obituary: Alan Caruthers – Texas Marijuana Activist

Alan CaruthersMarijuana activist Alan Clayton Caruthers, 50, of Waco, passed away Monday, January 19 at his home after a nine year battle with cancer.

He was a social worker at the Methodist Children’s Home, a member of the McLennan County Libertarian Party, and a leader in the Texas marijuana law reform movement, serving as a board member for NORML of Waco Inc. Continue reading Obituary: Alan Caruthers – Texas Marijuana Activist

San Antonio representative files bill to legalize hemp for research purposes

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A bill has been filed in the Texas House of Representatives which would legalize hemp cultivation for research purposes.

Filed by Rep. Joe Farias, a Democrat out of San Antonio, HB 557 would grant institutions of higher education the ability to commission the cultivation of hemp and possess it for study.

Wording of the bill would allow farmers under the direction of an institution of higher education to grow hemp, an industrious plant which has many uses for food, clothing, fuel, and soil repair. Continue reading San Antonio representative files bill to legalize hemp for research purposes

Texas makes $425 million as federal government announces ban on police confiscating property

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The U.S. government has announced a ban on the seizing of assets by local and state police through the use of federal law.

Attorney General Eric Holder issued the order, saying “with this new policy, effective immediately, the Justice Department is taking an important step to prohibit federal agency adoptions of state and local seizures, except for public safety reasons.”

A tool created in the 1980s for use in the War on Drugs, asset forfeiture allows police to seize and keep all property of a person who has been charged with a crime. Typically this includes cars, homes, cash, and other high value property. Continue reading Texas makes $425 million as federal government announces ban on police confiscating property

Mothers of autistic children to lobby Texas legislators for medical marijuana

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Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism (MAMMA) will be a guest of PACT, the Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at their inaugural “PACT Patient Lobby Day” at the Texas state capitol.

MAMMA will be there to represent the 1 in 68 Texas children who have an autism diagnosis and are seeking the safe, effective treatment that medical cannabis offers for both the underlying medical issues as well as the behavioral symptoms of autism. Continue reading Mothers of autistic children to lobby Texas legislators for medical marijuana

Marijuana consumer advocacy group green-lighted for Portland

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Image via Wikipedia

As the 2015 Oregon legislative session begins, the issue of implementing regulations for the marijuana industry looms large. Lobbying groups have formed representing the interests of growers, retailers, medical marijuana patients, industrial hemp farmers, and the cities and counties, but until now no group has stepped up to represent the interests of the adult marijuana consumers.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has worked for over forty years to represent the interests of responsible adults who enjoy marijuana. The Washington DC-based non-profit has given the go-ahead for the formation of a Portland, Oregon-based chapter, known as Portland NORML, to lead lobbying efforts to represent the interests of cannabis consumers. Continue reading Marijuana consumer advocacy group green-lighted for Portland

San Antonio police officer arrested for stealing couple’s marijuana stash

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Officer Konrad Chatys – Bexar County Jail

A San Antonio police officer has been arrested after he was accused of stealing a couple’s marijuana stash. He also stole thousands in cash and a rifle as well.

Police on Friday announced 32-year-old Officer Konrad Chatys has been charged with felony theft by a public servant. Continue reading San Antonio police officer arrested for stealing couple’s marijuana stash

Southeast Texas Rep. James White seeks to prioritize resources on marijuana

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Rep. James White (R)

Rep. James White, an ardent Tea Party supporter, has come out in support of changing marijuana laws in Texas.

The 50-year-old Woodville Republican, whose District 19 encompasses Hardin, Polk, Tyler, Jasper and Newton counties, won a third two-year term in 2014 with no opposition at the polls.

He spoke with the Beaumont Enterprise, who asked him 8 questions about the 25 bills he has filed so far for the upcoming legislative session in Austin. Continue reading Southeast Texas Rep. James White seeks to prioritize resources on marijuana

Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Invests Millions in Marijuana Industry

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In a major milestone for the entire legal cannabis industry, Privateer Holdings today announced that Founders Fund, one of the world’s top venture capital firms with more than $2 billion in assets under management, has made a multi-million dollar investment in Privateer Holdings’ Series B round.

The investment from Founders Fund marks the first time a major institutional player has placed capital in the cannabis industry, and is a significant next step as the industry moves out of the shadows and into the light. Continue reading Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund Invests Millions in Marijuana Industry

Texas Rep. Simpson hints at support for medical marijuana ‘God’s plant’

Texas Rep. David Simpson
Texas Rep. David Simpson

Texas Representative David Simpson hinted at taking a bold stand when it comes to medical marijuana in the upcoming legislative session while speaking to a Tea Party group in his district.

Speaking in front of about 150 people, Simpson, a Republican who represents Gregg and Upshur counties, stated “I am going to be pretty bold. I have heard some people in this community come to me again and again and again, in respect to a natural plant that God made, marijuana,” Simpson said. Continue reading Texas Rep. Simpson hints at support for medical marijuana ‘God’s plant’

Woman suing Texas DPS over roadside cavity search due to marijuana smell

The Texas Department of Public Safety is being sued in federal court by a woman who had a full body cavity search on the side of a busy public road after troopers claimed to smell marijuana.

Jennifer Stelly and her boyfriend Channing Castex were driving to Surfside Beach when they said they were pulled over for speeding in Brazoria County in March 2013 according to Houston 2.

Castex was handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car after he admitted to having smoked marijuana. Troopers then claimed to smell marijuana and began searching Stelly’s vehicle as they waited for a female trooper to arrive. Continue reading Woman suing Texas DPS over roadside cavity search due to marijuana smell

4 Misconceptions About Marijuana Answered

Paul Armentano took the time to tackle some anecdotal claims made by Susan Shapiro who described her previous use of marijuana as “an extreme addiction.”

Touching first on the subject of addictiveness, he states “most people who experiment with pot do not become dependent upon it. In truth, most users who try marijuana voluntarily cease their use as they grow older, enter the workplace or start a family.”

Adding, “that is because pot lacks the dependence liability associated with many other substances. According to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, cannabis’ risk of causing dependence is far lower than that of alcohol, opiates or tobacco.” Continue reading 4 Misconceptions About Marijuana Answered

DFW NORML to consider changing how elections work for board members

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After failing twice to obtain enough votes to hold a board member election, DFW NORML will consider changing their quorum requirements at their next board meeting.

The non-profit’s by-laws require 30 percent of members to vote in order for an election to become official. Both attempts late last year fell well short of the requirement.

Due to rapid growth, the Dallas/Fort Worth based organization now has over 1,000 members, meaning that over 300 members would have to participate in each election. These by-laws were written back when it was anticipated that the group would only have around 100 members. Continue reading DFW NORML to consider changing how elections work for board members

37 Highlights Which Made 2014 Great for Texas Marijuana Activism

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Downtown Dallas as 2,000 protesters march to reform marijuana laws.

 

Over 200 events in 2014 set the stage for activists to head into 2015 with momentum to change Texas’ marijuana laws. It was a year of many firsts, and will be remembered as a turning point for those involved.

Let’s look at 37 of the major highlights from the year. Continue reading 37 Highlights Which Made 2014 Great for Texas Marijuana Activism

Texas Sheriff’s Association Says They Will Fight All Marijuana Bills

cannabis stock photoAfter voting in July of last year to officially oppose marijuana legalization, the Texas Sheriff’s Association has now come out against pending legislation for both medical marijuana and penalty reductions for small amounts.

“The Sheriff’s Association position is that we are going to oppose any effort to decriminalize marijuana, or legalize medical marijuana or any of the components of marijuana,” Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk told News Radio 1200 WOAI. “Of course, we will vigorously oppose any effort to legalize marijuana.” Continue reading Texas Sheriff’s Association Says They Will Fight All Marijuana Bills

Marijuana related events in Texas for January 2015

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

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