Another Texas county looks to reduce penalties for marijuana possession

Published: Oct 31, 2017, 1:15 pm • Updated: Oct 31, 2017, 1:17 pm By The Associated Press EL PASO, Texas — A new program in western Texas could waive some marijuana charges for community service. The El Paso Times reports that El Paso County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the…

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Third major Texas county reduces penalties for marijuana possession

Published: Sep 27, 2017, 1:14 pm • Updated: Sep 27, 2017, 1:14 pm By The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — Authorities in Bexar County are seeking to divert misdemeanor offenders, including those found with marijuana, away from jail and instead receive a citation similar to a traffic ticket. District Attorney…

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Cannabis industry group says Texas gov undermined long-awaited medical marijuana program

Published: Aug 24, 2017, 1:54 pm • Updated: Aug 24, 2017, 1:58 pm By Neal Pollack, The Cannabist Staff A “private edict” issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott “substantially weakened” the state’s nascent medical marijuana program, according to a cannabis business trade group. The accusation was leveled by the Texas…

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A plea from Texas to Willie Nelson: Your influence is needed in fight to legalize weed

Published: Jun 23, 2017, 7:20 am • Updated: Jun 23, 2017, 5:56 pm By Neal Pollack, The Cannabist Staff AUSTIN, Texas — In May, Rolling Stone asked Willie Nelson if there’s any “downside” to smoking weed. Nelson replied: “I haven’t run into any yet. I guess if you go somewhere…

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Texas’ ‘second-chance’ bill would seal some criminal records, including weed possession

Published: May 23, 2017, 7:54 am • Updated: May 23, 2017, 7:54 am By The Associated Press The Texas Legislature is moving closer to approving a bipartisan law letting some first-time, low-level offenders seal their criminal records — keeping them from being made public when doing things like applying for…

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A frantic push for medical marijuana in Texas, bureaucratic heartbreak and renewed resolve

Published: May 16, 2017, 2:17 pm • Updated: May 16, 2017, 2:25 pm By Neal Pollack, The Cannabist Staff AUSTIN, Texas — On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 9, Jax Finkel, the executive director of Texas NORML, was frantically trying to find a bill. Somewhere, deep in the catacombs of…

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Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke introduces federal bill to curb driver’s license suspensions for drug offenses

Published: Apr 5, 2017, 5:00 pm • Updated: Apr 5, 2017, 7:15 pm By Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist Staff Just five days after announcing his longshot bid to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke introduced a bill that seeks to repeal a federal law encouraging states…

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Marijuana advocate Beto O’Rourke kicks off bid to unseat Cruz in Texas

Published: Apr 4, 2017, 3:21 pm • Updated: Apr 4, 2017, 3:53 pm By Will Weissert and Erica Werner, The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke kicked off his longshot bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday, vowing an unscripted and unconventional campaign…

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