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Texas DA criticized for ‘mob rule’ over failure to enforce marijuana laws

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon has criticized neighboring Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg for her decision to implement a program which would keep those found with small amounts of marijuana both out of jail and clean of a criminal record.

Initially covered through video at a press conference by the Montgomery County Police Reporter, Ligon spoke at length about his opposition to such a policy, calling it “mob rule.”

Ligon went on to say that Texas should not legalize marijuana, which he referred to as “detrimental to society.”

When pressed to state what specifically his opposition was, Ligon stated that he did not know the specifics of the plan, but would likely have a statement once he finds out.

“Unlike Harris County, Montgomery County will not become a sanctuary for dope smokers. I swore an oath to follow the law – all the laws, as written by the Texas Legislature. I don’t get to pick and choose which laws I enforce,” Ligon said.

“Further, I have my doubts about the study that her organization touts regarding the dismissal rate for misdemeanor cases. Experienced prosecutors know that misdemeanor possession cases are usually filed in combination with other charges and are likely dismissed as part of a plea to another matter, or disposed of through pre-trial diversion programs, only after the defendant has had the opportunity to receive drug and alcohol treatment and counseling,” Ligon stated.

His press conference was prompted by an event which will be held at the capitol this week featuring multiple law enforcement officials speaking out about the need to reduce the penalties for marijuana possession by supporting HB 81, which would reduce the penalty for possession of less than an ounce to a fine not to exceed $250. The event is being organized by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.

To date there have been 17 cannabis related bills filed with the Texas legislature.

Ligon concluded by stating, “she (Ogg) doesn’t speak for the State of Texas or the majority of elected District and County Attorney’s across the State.”

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Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. Sen/Rep_ArkLaTex,USA-Rickey Dean Loc Morris Jr
    February 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Criticism from those that only want to benefit from the law financially, politically, and abuse of power. Their feelings dictate creating policy, and law. So this type of behavior clearly shows inadequate operation of the office due to personnel of this type, cite i.e. “God=Jesus” for the truth. Always allow people to form their own opinion but always leave them with God’s truth when they dont because it will keep your Spirit free and help save their souls.

    Genesis 1:27-31 (KJV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
    And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
    And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
    And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

    Galatians 5:1-18 (KJV) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
    Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
    For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
    Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
    For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
    For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
    Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
    This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
    A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
    I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
    And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
    I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
    For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
    For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
    But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
    This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
    For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
    But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

    Galatians 3:5-29 (KJV) He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
    Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
    Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
    And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
    So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
    For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
    But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
    And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
    Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
    That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
    Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
    Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
    And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
    For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
    Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
    Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
    Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
    But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
    But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
    Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
    But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
    For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
    For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
    And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

    Revelation 22:1-7 (KJV) And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
    In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
    And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
    And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
    And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
    And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
    Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

    Psalms 139:15-24 (KJV) My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
    Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
    How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
    If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
    Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
    For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
    Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
    I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
    Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
    And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

    Jeremiah 33:1-26 (KJV) Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
    Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name;
    Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
    For thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword;
    They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city.
    Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
    And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
    And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.
    And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.
    Thus saith the LORD; Again there shall be heard in this place, which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast,
    The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
    Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
    In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them, saith the LORD.
    Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
    In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
    In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.
    For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
    Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.
    And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying,
    Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season;
    Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
    As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.
    Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,
    Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
    Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
    Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.

  2. February 20, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Herb is from God=Jesus and freedom is from God so avoid what mankind just wants to hand you foolishly, because the statement bend over and take it like a man did not come from God nor a woman or man of God. Be blessed all Spirit filled believers your Spirits will not rest until you are free continue to resist the devil and demons=Antichrists and Jinn.

    John 4:23-24 (KJV) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

  3. Alvin Hastings
    March 1, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I have had 12 Back surgeries 2 fusions major disk disese,spinal stenosis i have taken morphine Dilaudid fentanyl and a bunch of opiates,one day i decided to try marijuana and that is the Best pain relief ive had in years dont have to take nearly as much of opiates, marijuana does work for chronic pain patients,marijuana should Be available for chronic pain patients, please pass a law for this,god put this plant here for a reason.