Brownsville based District Attorney supports marijuana decriminalization

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Cameron County District Attorney Luis Saenz of Brownsville recently spoke out in support of legislation which would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Texas.

“To a certain extent, I agree with the proposal, but let me first make it perfectly clear that myself and this office, does not endorse the use of marijuana,” he told Action 4 News. Continue reading Brownsville based District Attorney supports marijuana decriminalization

Congress blocks federal intervention in states where hemp is legal

Texas representatives voted 12-24 against the hemp amendment.
Texas representatives voted 12-24 against the hemp amendment.

An amendment included in the spending bill recently passed by congress effectively blocks federal agencies from interfering with hemp growing efforts in states where the industrial plant has been legalized. Continue reading Congress blocks federal intervention in states where hemp is legal

Marijuana busts on the rise in Texas during record year

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After a long year of busting one after the other of outdoor marijuana growing operations, its turning out to be a record year for cannabis seizures.

Officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than 133,400 pounds of marijuana in the Houston area from 2010 to 2014 – a 57 percent increase over the previous five-year period, according to data obtained from the agency.

Of the more than 93,800 pounds of marijuana seized by DPS officers statewide this year, about 16,400 pounds – or nearly one-fifth – came from Houston-area suburbs. Continue reading Marijuana busts on the rise in Texas during record year

Congress passes legislation which blocks federal intervention in medical marijuana states

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After clearing the House, a new spending bill has now passed the Senate to fund the federal government through well into 2015. It also includes an amendment which blocks the Department of Justice from arresting or prosecuting anyone who sells or uses medical marijuana in the 32 states that currently have some type of medical marijuana law on the books. Continue reading Congress passes legislation which blocks federal intervention in medical marijuana states

Texas legislature to consider bill reducing penalties for marijuana possession

Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso
Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso

Texas State Representative Joe Moody (D–El Paso) introduced a bill Monday that would reduce state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Representative Moody announced the details of the bill at a news conference hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. He was joined by retired Texas District Court Judge John Delaney and representatives from the coalition including ACLU of Texas, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, and the Marijuana Policy Project. Continue reading Texas legislature to consider bill reducing penalties for marijuana possession

Texas cop shows encouragement for young marijuana activists

Around 2,000 people marched through Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
Around 2,000 people marched through Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

Back in October a marijuana protest rally was held in downtown Dallas where around 2,000 people attended and marched from City Hall to Dealey Plaza.

Put on by the non-profit group DFW NORML, their permits required that they hire police officers for security.

At least a dozen Dallas police officers were on hand to ensure the event remained safe, and many of them were largely in support of what was going on. Continue reading Texas cop shows encouragement for young marijuana activists

Federal ruling allows marijuana legalization for Native Americans in Texas, nationwide

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The U.S. Department of Justice has ruled that Native Americans can grow and sell marijuana on reservations.

The new federal policy will allow tribes interested in growing and selling marijuana to do so, if they maintain “robust and effective regulatory systems,” John Walsh, the U.S. attorney for Colorado, told the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading Federal ruling allows marijuana legalization for Native Americans in Texas, nationwide

Congress attempts to block marijuana legalization in DC with spending bill

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In November, voters overwhelming voted for legalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital. Now new spending legislation by Congress is being using to subvert that vote.

Rather than outright vote down marijuana legalization, which would force representatives to take a recorded vote on the matter, they’ve opted to instead de-fund the initiative. Continue reading Congress attempts to block marijuana legalization in DC with spending bill

Houston Chief of Police: Marijuana prohibition is a failure

Houston_Police_Chief_McClellandIn an interview with Cultural Baggage, Houston Chief of Police Charles McClelland said that marijuana prohibition is a failed public policy.

During the interview, McClelland highlighted pilot programs within his department and others in the state to reduce marijuana possession penalties for first-time offenders.

Earlier this year the District Attorney race which encompassed Houston featured a public policy battle over who had the better plan to change how the county deals with marijuana offenders. While proponents of marijuana policy change argued that Democratic challenger Kim Ogg had the better policy because it encompassed more than just first time offenders, incumbent Republican Devon Anderson won re-election with her more restricted policy. Continue reading Houston Chief of Police: Marijuana prohibition is a failure

Polls show Texans disapprove of recent loss of nearly $1 billion due to marijuana policy

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Texans are overwhelmingly disapproving of how Texas lost almost $1 billion in 2013. A combination of recent figures and polling data paints a political picture which strongly contrasts with the political opinions of Texans.

It all comes down to one subject as well, marijuana laws.

Local and state authorities in Texas spent an estimated $746 million combined on arresting marijuana offenders in 2013.

With a total of 71,761 arrests, in which it is estimated that it costs an average of $10,400 each for prosecution and incarceration, the sum for keeping a non-toxic plant illegal which has been legalized in other states is staggering.

Combine that with the conservative estimate of $166 million, the figure which the State of Texas stands to earn from legalizing cannabis, the net gain comes out to $912 million across the board. This does not take into account new incomes for individuals which would increase the sales tax base. There would also be new businesses, meaning more jobs, meaning even more lost revenue. Continue reading Polls show Texans disapprove of recent loss of nearly $1 billion due to marijuana policy

Scientists could induce natural high which could replace marijuana usage

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Replenishing the supply of a molecule that normally activates cannabinoid receptors in the brain could relieve mood and anxiety disorders and enable some people to quit using marijuana, a Vanderbilt University study suggests.

Cannabinoid receptors are normally activated by compounds in the brain called endocannabinoids, the most abundant of which is 2-AG. They also are “turned on” by the active ingredient in marijuana. Continue reading Scientists could induce natural high which could replace marijuana usage

DFW NORML gains and loses board members in election

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New officers have been elected to the Board of Directors for DFW NORML.

After failing to obtain the minimum number of votes to sustain a quorum in October, which amounted to around 326, the non-profit organization based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area was able to successfully elect their new officers this past weekend. Continue reading DFW NORML gains and loses board members in election

Legalizing Pot Still Hasn’t Cured Oregon Reefer Madness

oregonTwo states legalized marijuana in 2012.  It’s 2014 and so far, the sky has not fallen in Washington and Colorado.  But that’s not stopping oneDr. Todd Huffman, a pediatrician in Eugene, Oregon, from predicting all manner of danger in store for teenagers now that his state has legalized marijuana.

“Let me begin by acknowledging that the sky will not fall next July once the adult recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon,” he writes in his opening paragraph.  Then Dr. Huffman spends the rest of his op-ed describing how the sky is going to fall. Continue reading Legalizing Pot Still Hasn’t Cured Oregon Reefer Madness

Marijuana related events in Texas for December 2014

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The following is a list of all known cannabis related events happening in Texas for the month of December, 2014.

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 txcann@gmail.com. Continue reading Marijuana related events in Texas for December 2014

Texas NORML to host Activist Training Day

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With the upcoming Texas legislative session right around the corner, organizations are taking steps to prepare activists to speak with their representatives in Austin.

Texas NORML is among those groups and will be hosting their 7th Annual Activist Training Day on Saturday, December 13 at the capitol building in Austin.

They will be teaching people how to speak to legislators about changing marijuana laws, and how best to represent the cannabis community. Continue reading Texas NORML to host Activist Training Day

Bill introduced in Congress to approve medical marijuana for veterans

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A bill has been introduced to Congress which would allow doctors with Veterans’ Affairs to recommend medical marijuana for military veterans in states where cannabis consumption is medically legal.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Dana Rohrabacher of California have introduced the bill as co-sponsors in an effort to make it easier for veterans to obtain medical marijuana. Due to current policy, veterans who consume cannabis could lose their prescriptions. Continue reading Bill introduced in Congress to approve medical marijuana for veterans

Global marijuana brand Bob ‘Marley Natural’ announced

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Eddie Mallin – https://secure.flickr.com/photos/dubpics/5619960763/

Today Privateer Holdings announced the creation of Marley Natural, the world’s first global cannabis brand. Privateer Holdings is the world’s first private equity firm investing exclusively in the legal cannabis industry. Marley Natural will offer premium cannabis products that honor the life and legacy of Bob Marley as well as his belief in the benefits of cannabis.

“We are joining with Privateer Holdings because they understand and respect our father’s legacy,” said Rohan Marley, Bob’s son. Continue reading Global marijuana brand Bob ‘Marley Natural’ announced

Marijuana increases effectiveness of radiation against brain tumors

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A recent study is touting the success of combining active ingredients in cannabis with radiation to better fight brain tumors.

Using Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) researchers observed dramatic reductions in tumor volumes when both cannabinoids were used with irradiation. Continue reading Marijuana increases effectiveness of radiation against brain tumors

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