The 7 States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana in 2021

One of the few bright spots in an otherwise difficult year was marijuana legalization’s progress in the US. Four states voted to legalize recreational cannabis on Election Day while Vermont and Illinois had already begun legal sales of adult-use marijuana earlier in the year. Though there won’t be any marijuana [...]

2020-12-29T07:26:59-07:00December 29, 2020|

Lawmakers File Bill to Legalize Cannabis in State of Texas

Texas lawmakers pre-filed at least 13 marijuana-related bills for the next legislative session, including a few legalization proposals. Some of the measures put forward include decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis, allowing stronger THC concentrations of marijuana for medical use and a move to get a legalization question on the next [...]

2020-11-25T06:46:15-07:00November 25, 2020|

Austin Police Effectively Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

The Austin Police Department will no longer make arrests or issue civil citations for low-level cannabis possession offenses. The Austin Police Department (APB) has effectively decriminalized low-level marijuana possession, according to a letter written by the city’s police chief to the mayor of Austin and the city council. “APD will [...]

2020-07-20T08:02:05-07:00July 20, 2020|

Texas State Police Instructed To Stop Low-Level Marijuana Arrests

The largest law enforcement agency in Texas instructed its officers to no longer arrest people for low-level marijuana offenses, as detailed in an interoffice memo dated July 10, 2019. The move follows a period of confusion over marijuana prosecutions since hemp was legalized in the state earlier this year. Texas [...]

2019-10-02T04:35:26-07:00August 25, 2019|

Texas Marijuana Prosecutions Dropped Under New Hemp Law

Hundreds of marijuana misdemeanor charges in Texas have been dropped because of a new state law allowing hemp and hemp-derived products. Law enforcement have since found it difficult to distinguish marijuana from legal hemp. State prosecutors also indicated that they will not pursue new low-level cannabis charges until they have [...]

2019-07-24T03:53:09-07:00July 24, 2019|

Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Approved By Texas Senate

Cannabis advocates celebrated an unexpected victory last month, when the Texas Senate passed a bill that would expand the list of medical conditions qualifying patients for cannabis oil treatment in the state. Once opposed to any marijuana reforms, the leaders of the upper chamber now unanimously voted to advance legislation [...]

2019-06-12T06:45:35-07:00June 12, 2019|

Texas House Committee Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

A Texas House committee voted in favor of a marijuana decriminalization proposal on Monday, March 25. The new bill would make possession of a small amount of cannabis punishable by a fine, with no jail time or a criminal record. The Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved the legislation in a 5-2 [...]

2019-04-02T09:05:51-07:00April 5, 2019|

Marijuana Legalization Bills Already In Motion In Five Red States

When political candidates propose new platform ideas and win, other politicians notice, and in the wake of Democratic victories in 2018 by candidates backing marijuana reform, legalization bills are appearing in red state legislatures. One sign of a recent significant shift toward nationwide marijuana law reform is that last November, [...]

2019-01-21T03:30:51-07:00January 16, 2019|

Texas Voters Support Legal Recreational Marijuana

Early in 2018, Vermont became the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana legislatively. In eight other states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington), voters used their initiative powers to legalize. According to the Initiative and Referendum Institute, however, Texas does not have a legal mechanism [...]

2018-09-19T07:03:55-07:00June 2, 2018|
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