Marijuana related events in Texas for April 2015

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The following is a list of all known cannabis related events happening in Texas for the month of April, 2015. Check back as this list will be updated as more events become available.

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.

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Texas sheriff fumbles as hemp is poised to pass committee

modern-uses-for-the-hemp-plantHemp recently had its first committee hearing in the Texas legislature, and it involved about a dozen supporters testifying in favor of the two bills, along with one very confused sheriff.

Two bills submitted by Rep. Joe Farias of San Antonio would bring hemp to the Texas agriculture scene. House Bill 557 would legalize hemp for research purposes through institutions of higher education, while House Bill 1322 legalizes hemp for Texas farmers to grow alongside other crops.

Many groups were represented at the hearing, including farmers, health food stores, an insurance company, and the Texas Hemp Industries Association. Both bills were heard at the same time. Continue reading

Blog: Texas Embraces the Culture of Weed

Texans marching through downtown Fort Worth to promote reforming marijuana laws.

Texans marching through downtown Fort Worth to promote reforming marijuana laws.

Marijuana and the icons who promote it are popular in our culture.

Tom Petty just wants to roll another joint, while people joyfully sing along with Hank Williams Jr. answering proudly why he rolls smoke. People want to just chill out while Ben Harper burns one down, and everyone laughs at Afro Man because he got high. Even the oldies get in on things as Cab Calloway talks about the reefer man and Ray Charles says we should all get stoned.

Reverend Horton Heat has an entire song pretty much dedicated to the word marijuana, and Bob Dylan sang about it too saying everybody must get stoned. Ozzy Osbourne talked about his love for sweet leaf too. Neil Young wanted to roll another for the road, and no one wonders what exactly Puff the Magic Dragon is about.

The Zac Brown Band wants to roll a big fat one and grab their guitar and play. Who hasn’t grooved to Bob Marley? Continue reading

Denton County votes to oppose marijuana penalty reductions

Denton County Commissioners CourtSeveral bills have been introduced in the Texas legislative session this year pertaining to marijuana, and two of them would decrease the penalty for marijuana possession.

Denton County commissioners have recently voted 5-0 to oppose them according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

House Bill 3326 would decrease the punishment for certain misdemeanor and felony offenses that involve property crimes, drug possession and other miscellaneous violations. If passed, it would also reduce the number of people being sent to state jail.

House Bill 507 would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a $100 ticket and would involve no jail time. Continue reading

Texas Hemp Industries Association to host speakers and screen hemp documentary in Austin

The board members of Texas Hemp Industries Association at the state capitol after talking to legislators about the need to legalize hemp in Texas.

The board members of Texas Hemp Industries Association at the state capitol after talking to legislators about the need to legalize hemp in Texas.

The Texas Hemp Industries Association (TXHIA) has announced the hosting of their inaugural event at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin where they will be screening a hemp documentary entitled “Bringing It Home.”

The event will also feature guest speakers from Texas based hemp businesses, along with an update on hemp legislation in Texas, and information on how to get involved with the organization.

Organizers are billing the event as an opportunity to learn about industrial hemp and to network with entrepreneurs, farmers, and investors in the growing Texas hemp community. Continue reading

Traffic stop for pot in Amarillo could get two men life in prison

Potter County sheriff's deputies found cannabis brownies during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 west of Amarillo Monday afternoon. Photo by Potter County Sheriff's Department

Potter County sheriff’s deputies found cannabis brownies during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 west of Amarillo Monday afternoon. Photo by Potter County Sheriff’s Department

Two men recently arrested near Amarillo for marijuana during a traffic stop are facing life in prison.

Potter County sheriff’s deputies arrested Eli McCarthy Manna, 30; and Andrew Bruce George, 27, after stopping them on a traffic violation on Interstate 40.

During the stop, the deputy says he became suspicious and asked to search the vehicle. The two men declined consent for a search so the deputy detained them until a K-9 unit arrived. Continue reading

Rally to be held in Nacogdoches for marijuana this weekend

Nacogdoches NORML held a rally to reform marijuana laws in Texas back in February.

Nacogdoches NORML held a rally to reform marijuana laws in Texas back in February.

Residents of Nacogdoches will be holding a marijuana rally this coming weekend after an encouraging rally was held back in February.

Nacogdoches NORML, a sub-chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, recently became a non-profit earlier this year, and since then have held several events, even going so far as to volunteer for the Special Olympics.

Organizers say that a rally in February where they encouraged people to “honk for medical marijuana” was warmly received by drivers, residents, and students from Stephen F. Austin State University. Continue reading

Medical marijuana bill referred to committee in Texas legislature

Alexis Bortell is a nine-year-old who suffers from seizures and was recommended medical marijuana by a doctor to help with her seizures. She has since moved to Colorado and has been seizure-free for almost three weeks after taking liquid marijuana medicine.

Alexis Bortell is a nine-year-old who suffers from seizures and was recommended medical marijuana by a doctor to help with her seizures. She has since moved to Colorado and has been seizure-free for almost three weeks after taking liquid marijuana medicine.

A whole plant medical marijuana bill recently filed in the Texas legislature has been referred to the Public Health Committee.

HB 3785 which would give access to patients with an array of illnesses including cancer, seizure disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other debilitating conditions is expected to be a major focus point for the cannabis community this session.

Texans for Responsible Policy has hired a lobbyist to help get legislators behind the bill. Continue reading

Women in north Texas work to change marijuana laws

The DFW NORML Women's Alliance at their most recent meeting.

The DFW NORML Women’s Alliance at their first meeting of the year.

Women as a group have been key players in many civil rights movements, and were instrumental in ending alcohol prohibition. Now a group of women are working to end the prohibition of marijuana.

Elisabeth Rodriguez has been a part of the movement to reform marijuana laws in Texas for several years now, and she heads up a group in the Dallas/Fort Worth area called the NORML Women’s Alliance.

“I think for a lot of women, the message about the importance of legalization is more meaningful coming from other women,” Rodriguez states. “So for the women who are not on board with legalization yet, I think hearing the facts from a group like the Women’s Alliance is very powerful.” Continue reading

Column: Texas senator dodges Huntington’s Disease patient over marijuana

Cecilia Castaneda-WilliamsSenator Troy Fraser won’t meet with me and I’m dying of Huntington’s Disease (HD).

My sister was just diagnosed and my children have a 50% chance of inheriting my neurological disease.

I live in District 24 and my senator won’t meet with me for a few minutes to discuss the potential medical cannabis has to save my family. I have called and called his office. I keep getting passed off to his staff. This is my plea to be heard by the senator I just voted for this past November. Continue reading

Texas lawmaker says medical marijuana bill is probably ‘dead in the House’

Medical marijuana in liquid form.

Medical marijuana in liquid form.

A recently introduced whole plant medical marijuana is probably “dead in the House” according to Rep. Myra Crownover, a Republican from Denton.

HB 3785 has not yet been assigned to committee, but other medical marijuana bills have been referred to the House Public Health committee now headed by Rep. Crownover.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has said he opposes medical marijuana legalization, and Crownover told The News Tuesday “I think it’s dead in the House, also.”

The bill’s author Rep. Marisa Márquez, D-El Paso, called Crownover’s assessment “premature.” Continue reading

Texas governor says marijuana will not be legalized this year

Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Texas governor Greg Abbott stated earlier this week that lawmakers would not approve legislation that would legalize marijuana.

While he did not give his personal views on the issue, or whether or not he would veto such a bill if it were to come to his desk, Abbott believes neither a bill to decrease possession of an ounce or less of cannabis to a $100 fine, nor a broader bill which would repeal all marijuana possession penalties would make it out of the legislature. A third bill has also been introduced which would decrease the penalty for possession of less than .35 ounces as well. Continue reading

TCU hosts marijuana legalization debate on campus

TCU marijuana debateTexas Christian University hosted a debate on campus Tuesday night concerning marijuana legalization.

Speakers included Dr. Jason Kilmer, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, Russ Belville, who is the host of the Russ Belville Show on 420 Radio and Director of Portland NORML, and Ben Cort who is a board member for Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM).

“I’m for an end to wasteful spending. I take a pro business position that we should take the business to the ground to generate tax revenues. It’s a debate on how we should legalize marijuana” Belville stated at the opening of the debate. Continue reading

Dallas Sheriff’s Department shuts down marijuana protest

Honk For Medical Marijuana DallasA group which has been holding banner drops on overpasses around the Dallas/Fort Worth area was approached by the Dallas Sheriff’s Department and told they had to take their banner down.

The DFW Medical Marijuana Bridge Brigade was on the Preston Bridge over the George Bush Turn Pike displaying a banner which reads “Honk For Medical Marijuana” in Dallas. Continue reading

Hemp legislation scheduled for hearing in Texas legislature

The board members of Texas Hemp Industries Association at the state capitol after talking to legislators about the need to legalize hemp in Texas.

The board members of Texas Hemp Industries Association at the state capitol after talking to legislators about the need to legalize hemp in Texas.

Two piece of hemp legislation have been scheduled to be heard by committee in the Texas legislature.

Both HB 557 and HB 1322 will have open hearings where citizens can testify either in support or against the legislation on Wednesday, March 18 in the E1.010 Hearing Room at 8 a.m.

HB 557 will legalize hemp for research purposes by institutions of higher education, while HB 1322 will fully legalize hemp for Texas farmers. Continue reading

St. Patrick’s weekend Texas marijuana roundup

DFW NORML participating in their second St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dallas.

DFW NORML participating in their second St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas.

Marijuana activist groups from all over the state kicked off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with events to raise awareness for the need to change cannabis laws in Texas.

Two years ago the Dallas/Fort worth chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws was discriminated against and ultimately denied entry to the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Last year however, the group gained entry to the event and was a huge hit with the crowd. On Saturday they made their second appearance and tabled the event as well. An estimated 100,000 people attended the parade. Continue reading

Texas school district to spend $30,000 per year on drug testing

Manor ISD

Manor ISD

The school board for Manor Independent School District has voted to begin drug testing their students next year and they “anticipate marijuana to be the biggest threat.”

Officials expect to spend between $25,000 and $30,000 per year on the drug testing program, even as schools around Texas struggle to obtain enough money for education. Continue reading

East Texas only wants to talk about marijuana bill

Marijuana reform supporters held a rally in Nacogdoches earlier this year to raise awareness.

Marijuana reform supporters held a rally in Nacogdoches earlier this year to raise awareness.

An east Texas legislator has filed 18 bills this year, but people only want to talk about one of them.

Rep. David Simpson has been holding town halls to hear from his constituents, and the prevailing topic has been marijuana. Last month Simpson filed a bill which would remove all penalties for marijuana possession.

In all, the majority voiced support at each of these meetings for changing marijuana laws in Texas, largely involving medical marijuana. Continue reading