Texas Health Officials Backing Off Retail CBD Confiscations, For Now

The Texas Department of State Health Services is backing off a plan – for now – to remove CBD products off retail store shelves, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The agency proposed an inspection protocol in April that would have subjected CBD products to confiscation during inspections. Health regulators are holding off on the action while […]

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MPP Founder Launches PAC to Defeat Texas Rep. Pete Sessions

Cannabis advocates are raising money for a super PAC called Texans Removing Outdated and Unresponsive Politicians, aimed at ousting Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions, who chairs the House Rules Committee and has blocked cannabis reform legislation from reaching the floor for a vote, the Washington Examiner reports. The effort is being led by Marijuana Policy Project […]

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Texas Health Department Considering Crackdown on CBD-infused Foods

The Texas Department of State Health Services has proposed an inspection protocol that would likely lead to a crackdown on CBD-infused foods in the state. Lara Anton, spokeswoman for the agency, told the Dallas Observer that any foods with “a statement on the label, in the ingredient statement, or any other material indicating that the […]

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Texas Dispensary Delivers State’s First MMJ Product to 6-year-old Patient

Texas dispensary Knox Medical has delivered the state’s first medical cannabis products to a six-year-old suffering from intractable epilepsy, the Texas Tribune reports. The delivery comes more than two years after Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation creating the limited program. “For Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy, the wait for medical cannabis is finally over. This […]

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Texas Man Sentenced to Probation for Possessing Guns as Cannabis Consumer

An Austin, Texas man has been sentenced to five years of probation – after spending eight months in jail – after pleading guilty to obscure federal charges related to users of a controlled substance (in this case cannabis) owning firearms, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Initially, prosecutors alleged that Steven Boehle, 50, had planned to use […]

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12-Year-Old MMJ Patient Sues Jeff Sessions to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old medical cannabis patient living in Colorado after she and her family were displaced from their home state of Texas three years ago, is suing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the prohibition of cannabis, according to an NBC News report. Alexis has suffered from intractable epilepsy since she was 7 years old. […]

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El Paso County, Texas Approves ‘First Chance’ Cannabis Offender Program

El Paso County, Texas commissioners have unanimously approved a measure that allows first-time cannabis offenders to avoid jail time or criminal charges, opting instead for eight hours community service and a $100 fine, KFOX14 reports. The new rules will apply to individuals caught with 4 ounces of cannabis or less. Cases only dealing with possession […]

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Texas’ First MMJ Dispensary Set to Open in December

Texas’ first medical cannabis dispensary is slated to open in December and according to a Houston Public Media report, there are already around 150,000 patients in the state registered to access the program. Despite the high patient count, the program is of the limited variety, offering low-THC, high-CBD oils for patients with intractable epilepsy. Under […]

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Bexar County, Texas Announces ‘Cite and Release’ Program for Cannabis Possession, Other Crimes

Following plans in Harris County and Dallas, Texas to decriminalize cannabis possession up to 4 ounces, officials in Bexar County have announced their own plans for a “cite and release” program. The program would include Class A and Class B cannabis offenses — possession of up to 4 ounces; criminal mischief; Class B theft; Class […]

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Advocates Claim Texas MMJ Law Dysfunctional and ‘Broken’

Advocates in Texas say the state’s medical cannabis program may not serve any patients due to the limited product offerings and language in the law requiring physicians to “prescribe” cannabis that may prevent doctors from certifying patients out of fear of violating federal law, the Houston Press reports. The measure was signed by Gov. Greg […]

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Utah Demands Retailers Stop Selling Pet Food Containing Hemp

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has sent warning letters to 27 Utah companies asking them to stop selling pet food containing hemp, according to a KSL TV report. The letters asked the producers for “voluntary compliance in recalling previously distributed products and refraining from future sales of hemp and hemp products in the […]

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Slow Paperwork Prevents Texas MMJ Vote

Texas’ legislature failed to pass a comprehensive medical cannabis regime before the end of the session and, according to the Texas Cannabis Report, the failure was due to the Calendars Committee not receiving paperwork for the bill on time. According to the report, the measure was not heard by the Public Health Committee until one week […]

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Texas Officials Could Start MMJ Application Process This Week

The Texas Department of Public Safety is expected to begin accepting cultivation and dispensary license applications under the state’s Compassionate Use Act this week, according to a CBSDFW report. The law permits low-THC cannabis oils to be used as a treatment only for intractable epilepsy. One company, Aquiflow, has already purchased an old cotton gin […]

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Houston DA Promises to End Jail Sentences for Misdemeanor Cannabis Possession

The incoming District Attorney for Harris County, Texas unveiled a progressive future for cannabis prosecutions during her inauguration ceremony yesterday. In her statements at the ceremony, newly appointed District Attorney Kim Ogg remained loyal to the progressive ideas that had been proposed throughout her campaign, including a plan to stop making arrests and jailing people […]

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Comprehensive MMJ Bill Introduced in Texas Legislature

Democratic Texas State Senator José Menéndez has filed a medical cannabis bill that would allow Texans with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana under the recommendation and consultation of their doctor, KFDM 6 reports. Menéndez was the sponsor for SB 339, Texas’ current medical cannabis law, which allows for limited medical cannabis use for patients […]

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Decriminalization Bill Pre-Filed in Texas State Legislature

A bill to decriminalize small amounts of cannabis possession has been pre-filed in the Texas House of Representatives by Democratic Rep. Joe Moody, according to a blog post by Texas NORML. The measure would decriminalize possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana, reducing the penalty to just a $250 fine. Possession of more than […]

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Texas MMJ Program Could be Decimated Under DPS Rule Changes

The Texas Department of Public Safety is considering raising fees for licensed dispensaries and growers from $6,000 to $1.3 million, according to a report by NPR-affiliate Texas Public Radio. The fee increase proposal is due to a DPS plan to reduce the number of businesses licensed under the state’s narrow medical marijuana program from 12 […]

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Texas Lawmakers Believe Decriminalization Will Benefit Businesses

Lawmakers in Texas are supporting marijuana normalization efforts in the state, as members on both sides of the aisle are backing plans to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis, the American-Statesman reports. Republican State Rep. Jason Isaac said that changes to the drug laws could be a boon for Texas businesses because many citizens […]

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Texas GOP Adds Medical Cannabis Improvements to Party Platform

In an unprecedented win for cannabis normalization in Texas, the state’s Republican Party announced at a GOP convention last week that it was adding an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program to the party’s political platform. Here’s the exact language approved last week by the Texas GOP: We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act […]

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Texas Lawmakers Establishing Rules for Upcoming Medical Cannabis Program

Texas officials are working to establish legal framework for the state’s Compassionate Use Program, an upcoming medical marijuana program intended to help patients suffering from intractable seizures by granting them access to marijuana strains with high levels of CBD. Lawmakers are currently working on rules for the growing and distribution of high-CBD cannabis strains, as […]

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Texas County Moving Forward with Decriminalization Law

Texas’ most populous county has moved to institute a form of marijuana decriminalization. Devon Anderson, the District Attorney of Harris County, which has more than 4 million residents, first introduced the First Chance Intervention Program in October 2014 in cooperation with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and the Harris Police Department. Deputies and officers must […]

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Texas Industrial Hemp Bill Moving Through Legislative Process

The industrial hemp movement could have a powerful new ally in the state of Texas if Rep. Joe Farias’ (D) bill (HB1332) can gain approval by the state legislature. The bill, currently in the Agriculture Committee, would allow farmers to get a one-year license to grow the plant, according to the bill text. The license […]

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