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.
In 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→
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.
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.
Two 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.
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.