Marijuana activists meet in Odessa to plan law-reform group

From left to right: Darryl Decker, Lydia Decker, Stephen Carter, Ben Farmer.
From left to right: Darryl Decker, Lydia Decker, Stephen Carter, Ben Farmer.

On what felt like the first real day of a Texas summer after experiencing a July of highs in the 80s, people from all around Midland and Ector counties gathered at Homemade Wines in Odessa for something that’s never been heard of before in the area, a meeting of people to begin forming a marijuana law reform advocacy group. Continue reading

Over 100 pounds of marijuana netted in traffic stop near Amarillo

Texas Department of Public SafetyThis past week officers found over 100 pounds of marijuana in a traffic stop near Amarillo.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a 2004 Ford Explorer around 6:30 on Thursday afternoon in Carson County. The stop led of a seizure of 166 bundles of marijuana. DPS officials estimated the 127 pounds was valued at around $560,000. Continue reading

Houston District Attorney candidate supports no jail time for marijuana offenders

Kim Ogg
Harris County District Attorney candidate Kim Ogg announces her new strategy for low level marijuana offenders. Photo courtesy of Houston NORML.

Democratic candidate Kim Ogg, who is running for Harris County’s District Attorney seat in Houston is calling for a new way to handle low level marijuana cases. Continue reading

Texas veterans discuss how marijuana helps combat war injuries

Tristan Tucker gives the keynote address at the 2014 Texas NORML Veterans Conference. Photo by Texas NORML
Tristan Tucker gives the keynote address at the 2014 Texas NORML Veterans Conference. Photo by Texas NORML

Texas veterans came together this past weekend in Austin to discuss the medicinal benefits of marijuana and what they could do to legalize the plant for medical use.

The conference was put on by the non-profit Texas chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Texas NORML), on Saturday July 19 at the George Washington Carver Public Library. The event included speakers and attendees from all over the state who shared testimonials of how cannabis has helped themselves and their loved ones after returning from deployment. Continue reading

U.S. House vote allows banks to accept deposits from marijuana businesses, Texas reps largely vote against

US HouseIn a historic vote today the U.S. House passed a bipartisan amendment by Representatives Heck (D-WA), Perlmutter (D-CO), Lee (D-CA) and Rohrabacher (R-CA) preventing the Treasury Department from spending any funding to penalize financial institutions that provide services to marijuana businesses that are legal under state law. The amendment passed 231 to 192. Continue reading

Police raid and kill man over 0.2 grams of marijuana

“Nobody can believe that this happened to Jason,” said Westcott’s mother, Patti Silliman of New Port Richey. “They can’t understand how this could happen to Jason.” Photo by Tampa Bay Times
“Nobody can believe that this happened to Jason,” said Westcott’s mother, Patti Silliman of New Port Richey. “They can’t understand how this could happen to Jason.” Photo by Tampa Bay Times

Before the sirens and stretcher arrived on a hot night in May, there had been only one call to police about 906 W Knollwood St. in Tampa, Florida. It came from the house’s renter, Jason Westcott, and he was looking for help. Continue reading

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