Legislation/Policy

Vote Hemp, the nation’s leading grassroots hemp advocacy organization working to revitalize industrial hemp production in the U.S., is excited to report that President Obama has signed the Farm Bill which contains an amendment to legalize hemp production for research purposes.

Fort Stockton ISD is reportedly planning to implement a drug testing policy for the 2014-15 school year for anyone involved in extracurricular activities. Located along IH-10 in west Texas, the seat of Pecos County has just over 8,000 residents and like many other school districts, it’s battling a tight budget.

WASHINGTON, DC — The national, single-issue, non-profit advocacy group Vote Hemp applauds the new resolution on industrial hemp that was adopted by delegates of the American Farm Bureau Federation at its 95th annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas last week, January 14, 2014. The policy resolution urges the repeal of the

More than 700,000 Florida residents have signed a petition to get medical marijuana on the ballot in the Sunshine State’s 2014 elections. “The time is now. It works,” attorney John Morgan, who contributed $3 to $4 million of his own money to the signature gathering effort, said. “It’s going to

The Constitutional Right to face one’s accuser has gradually faded over the years with a number of exceptions carved away by the courts. One has been the “Confidential Informant” exception. Until now all the police had to say was they had a “confidential and reliable informant that had previously supplied

Two Texas lawmakers vow to re-introduce marijuana legislation as many times as it takes to move the Lone Star state closer to Colorado and Washington state-style pot regulations. Read more

An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels. Read more

You may not realize it, but 2013 was a huge year for the marijuana legalization movement in Texas.

Welcome to the new year! We’re officially in the new election cycle and DFW NORML is hitting the ground running hard at it. On January 20, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Texas legislators will be seeing their inboxes and phone lines blow up with a mass of emails

Colorado has released its rules for selling recreational marijuana and if you don’t live in the state, the quantity of your purchase is less than what it would be if you do live in the state, but that might not matter at all.

A 2013 bill that would have ended the federal government’s prohibition of marijuana is the most viewed legislation on the Congress.gov website — more popular than bills for jobs or for emergency unemployment compensation — but Congress has never voted on it. Read more

President Barack Obama granted clemency Thursday to 21 people including a Belton man who was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine two decades ago. Billy Ray Wheelock was sentenced to life in prison and 10 years’ supervised release and was fined $3,000 on June 9,

If you’re not familiar with Tenaha, Texas, go back and read this The New Yorker piece from August detailing how police and prosecutors in the tiny East Texas town used civil forfeiture laws and a phantom suspicion of drugs to seize cars, cash, jewelry and anything else they could find

Coming on the heels of a poll showing 58% of Texans supporting marijuana legalization, a newly released poll shows that 79% of likely Texas voters oppose sending drug offenders to jail.