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November 2017 Archives

Man with 'quite a bit' of marijuana faces felony drug charge

On Nov. 18, authorities in Texas reported that a man is facing a first-degree felony charge after police discovered 45 pounds of controlled substances at his home in north Austin. According to news sources, police found marijuana and a derivative form of the drug when they executed a search warrant at the residence, which is located in the 1200 block of Pasadena Drive.

How serious is it to cross into Texas with marijuana?

Now that several states in the country have changed their laws to allow the legal sale of marijuana and associated substances such as THC and hash oil, many new legal questions are arising, especially for states like Texas where those new laws do not apply. Of the states surrounding Texas, several have laws permitting either medical or recreational use of marijuana, or both. 

Two people face drug possession charges following traffic stop

In Texas, two people are facing drug charges after their vehicle was pulled over on Nov. 1 in Hildago County. According to the criminal complaint, the 33-year-old man and his 35-year-old female passenger were detained by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper at approximately 5:46 p.m. Reports indicate that the window tint on the stopped Chevrolet Silverado appeared to be darker than it is allowed to be by law.

El Paso unveils program for first-time marijuana offenders

First-time marijuana offenders in El Paso County may be able to avoid jail time and criminal records by participating in a newly unveiled program. Called the First Chance Program, it was unanimously approved by the commissioners of the county on Oct. 30.

How race may affect plea deals

Nonwhites in Texas who are offered plea deals in criminal cases may not be getting the same bargains as their white counterparts. According to a study of Wisconsin misdemeanor cases by a Loyola University professor, white defendants are more likely to get charges reduced, dismissed or dropped. If black people had no criminal history, they were still less likely to get their charges reduced than white people with no criminal history.

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