Politics

The Jamaican government has decided to lighten the penalty for the possession of small amounts of marijuana, joining the trickle of countries moving to soften laws on the drug known on the Caribbean island as “ganja.”

Seeking to move marijuana businesses away from cash-only operations, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation Friday that tries to establish the world’s first financial system for the newly legal industry in Colorado. The legislation seeks to form a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access

In a handful of places in Texas — Austin and Midland and San Marcos, for example — getting caught carrying a small amount of marijuana will get you a ticket and a court date but, barring more serious infractions, won’t involve handcuffs. Dallas has a different approach. “We take you

The Texas Republican Party held their convention this past week and on Saturday made their platform final. Both medical marijuana and industrial hemp were on the agenda. So how did they fare?

Texas Republicans could soon be officially supporting medical marijuana. Presented on Tuesday to a sub-committee at the GOP state convention, a five delegate panel discussed a proposal to officially add a plank to the state party’s platform to support medical marijuana.

Following the legalization of retail marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington, and medical marijuana in 22 states with more to follow, marijuana legalization appears inevitable — even in “law and order” states such as Texas. The question is no longer if Texas will legalize, but when? This question has important

An amendment recently passed by the U.S. House aimed at restricting interference by federal agents in state medical marijuana programs got very little support from Texas representatives. What may be surprising to Texans is that of their 36 representatives in congress, only one co-sponsored the bill, a Republican. While some

After a long debate and vote process that had the US House of Representatives in session until after midnight, the lower chamber of Congress cast a historic 219 to 189 vote to restrict the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from using taxpayer funds to interfere in state-sanctioned

Today, the House is set to vote on at least four amendments checking the DEA’s power and cutting its budget.

Preliminary reports show that Democratic candidate Jim Hogan has secured enough votes to win the nomination for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, sliding into a spot many thought would go to Kinky Friedman.

Icons Willie Nelson and Kinky Friedman recently conducted a Texas Herbal Radio Network tour live from Willie’s bus, chatting about a passionate topic for the two Texans – Pot. The legalization of marijuana, the cultivation of hemp, and the potential benefits to Texas’ small farmers were the main topics of

The Drug Enforcement Agency is permitting Kentucky farmers to go forward with plans to engage in the state-sponsored cultivation of industrial hemp. According to the Associated Press, representatives from the federal anti-drug agency late Thursday granted Kentucky regulators permission to import an estimated 250 pounds of hemp seeds. The agency

Currently, the FBI has strict guidelines concerning marijuana use, but according to its director, this is harming its ability to hire quality hackers.

Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat hopes the seventh time will be a charm. He’s tried in at least six previous legislative sessions to get a bill through the legislature that would allow the use of medical marijuana. Naishtat said he’s not trying to legalize pot or even legalize medical marijuana.