Legislation/Policy

El Paso County Courthouse

El Paso city council member Henry Rivera has come out against a recently approved program which would spare first time marijuana offenders from jail and a criminal record.

A city of about 2,000 residents just outside of Waco has decided to get more aggressive when it comes to enforcing marijuana laws.

A committee in the Texas House of Representatives has been directed to study marijuana policy in the state.

El Paso County Courthouse

A program to spare first time marijuana offenders from jail and a criminal record has been given the green light in El Paso.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018 District Attorney Nico LaHood announced this week that Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, will institute a cite and release program in the near future for marijuana and other misdemeanor offenses.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Democrat - El Paso

United States Congressional Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas has introduced an amendment in the House of Representatives to effectively end the automatic suspension of drivers licenses for those who have been convicted of marijuana possession.

The Food and Drug Administration has released a notice in which they acknowledge that Cannabidiol (CBD), an active component of the cannabis plant, otherwise known as marijuana, has been shown to be beneficial in a number of ways.

The recurring theme for committee hearings on marijuana legislation in Texas this year is progress, a lack of opposition, and that policy discussion is here to stay. This past week was no exception. One legislator did however come out swinging against a proposed penalty reduction bill during a recent hearing.

Marijuana policy reform advocates are keeping the conversation alive at the Texas capitol with the help of a few state lawmakers. A hearing will be held this week about reducing penalties for marijuana possession.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called state legislators back to Austin for a special legislative session. Lawmakers began filing legislation today, and one of them revives a medical marijuana bill from earlier this year.

Rep. Eddie Lucio III

Legislation proposed by Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) would require a joint interim committee to study the feasibility of medical cannabis in Texas.

A bill which has passed the Texas Senate would give some people with a criminal record a chance to have their record sealed.

Williamson County Courthouse

Round Rock has volunteered to be the first in Williamson County to implement a cite and release law passed by the Texas legislature in 2007.

A bill can be killed any number of ways, including through obstruction, feet dragging, amendment, or procedure. In the case of a medical marijuana bill in Texas, despite having enough support to pass, the paperwork just didn’t arrive in time.