Legislation/Policy

Darrin Harris Frisby/Drug Policy Alliance

If you get caught with any sort of marijuana concentrate in Texas, it’s an automatic felony. Do not pass go, instead spend $10,000 and a minimum of 180 days in jail.

Corpus Christi City Hall

The Corpus Christi City Council has opted not to vote on an ordinance which would implement cite and release for small marijuana offenses.

Corpus Christi City Hall

Corpus Christi will consider enacting a state cite and release law for marijuana offenders at an upcoming city council meeting.

Travis County Sheriff candidate Sally Her­nandez has released a plan that would call for the de-prioritization of first time marijuana offender arrests.

The 2015 Texas legislative session set a record for bills related to medical marijuana. One bill made it through.

Each month 100-120 people are arrested for marijuana in Dallas. The city is now considering making use of a cite and release law passed by state legislators in 2007.

Changes are coming in the Houston area where some people who are caught with marijuana will not be put in jail.

A Houston-based first time marijuana offender program has helped many during its first 11 months, but has fallen short of its goals, most notably as being underutilized.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Monday that medical marijuana patients can be fired for their consumption of cannabis outside of work hours. The court sided with Dish Network in a 6-0 ruling on a case that stems back to 2010 when Brandon Coats, who is a quadriplegic, was fired

As Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a very limited medical marijuana bill into law today which legalizes the production of a single compound of the cannabis plant, CBD, for epilepsy patients, he also made it clear that Texans should not expect marijuana laws to change while he is governor.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that he will sign medical marijuana legislation on Monday. Abbott issued a news advisory Sunday announcing a Monday bill signing ceremony with the authors of Senate Bill 339 — Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, and Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth.

An amendment to an appropriations bill in the U.S. Senate has been approved which would allow doctors with Veterans Affairs to recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states which have medical cannabis programs. This is the first time the Senate has voted in favor of medical marijuana policy.

As the official session of the Texas legislature comes to a close at the end of this month, a pair of hemp bills have officially stalled out, despite strong support.

The Texas State House approved a bill 96-34 on Monday intended to allow qualifying patients with intractable seizure conditions to access a marijuana extract containing high levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, and only trace levels of THC. SB 339, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), is extremely unlikely to provide