Texas may follow the route of the several states that legalized marijuana in the 2016 elections. In addition, the newly-elected Harris County district attorney announced plans to decriminalize marijuana after taking office. She explained that she did not want to incarcerate non-violent offenders, especially those who committed marijuana-related offenses. Texas state lawmakers have announced six bills related to regulating marijuana. Most of the bills focus on reducing punishments for individuals found with small quantities of marijuana in their possession.
On November 8, 2016, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts voters approved recreational marijuana initiatives. This move added them to the expanding list of states, including Washington and Colorado, that have already authorized marijuana for recreational purposes.
Most Texans are likely aware of the many states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. The legalization of marijuana in those states has led to questions about how to properly test for it when a person is driving.
Former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy was pulled over for a traffic stop in Richardson, Texas, on Sept. 26 and accused of carrying cocaine. A felony drug charge for cocaine possession was filed against Hardy six weeks after the incident. Court records indicate that the 28-year-old NFL free agent is accused of possessing a baggie containing .7 grams of cocaine.
Two men in Texas were charged with felonies on Oct. 25 after a traffic stop led to a search and seizure. The incident began just before 3 p.m. when police officers in Nash pulled a man over for a traffic stop. Police say that the driver was in possession of codeine and less than one pound of marijuana.