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December 2017 Archives

Texas county offers minor drug offenders an alternative to court

Possessing two ounces or less of marijuana is still considered a Class B felony under Texas law, but that has not prevented some counties in the Lone Star State from putting diversion programs in place that allow individuals caught with small amounts of the drug to avoid criminal charges. The latest such program was approved unanimously by the Travis County Commissioners Court on Dec. 19. Under the program, which will go into effect in January 2018, offenders can avoid dealing with the criminal justice system by paying $45 to attend a four-hour class.

3 things to never tell a police officer following a DUI arrest

One of the most well-known tropes of cop television shows is a person's right to remain silent. This Miranda Warning protects people from making incriminating statements. Anyone placed under arrest has a right to consult with a lawyer first before talking directly to law enforcement. 

Anonymous tip leads to the seizure of marijuana worth $962,000

Police in Texas have reported that an anonymous tip received on the afternoon of Dec. 16 led to the seizure of marijuana with an approximate street value of more than $900,000 in Denton County. Officers from the Lewisville Police Department are said to have found 372 packages of the drug concealed in cardboard boxes during the search of a U-Haul trailer. Following the discovery, a 28-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were brought into custody on second-degree felony drug possession charges.

Texas police call in K9 unit during routine traffic stop

Police in Texas charged a 24-year-old man with drug possession with the intent to distribute after heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana were allegedly discovered during a routine traffic stop. The man's vehicle was pulled over in Austin on Dec. 6 for reckless driving, and a subsequent search is said to have yielded substantial quantities of heroin along with drug paraphernalia including plastic bags and rubber bands.

Texas mother grateful for legal CBD oil to treat epileptic child

Although the state of Texas still maintains strict laws against marijuana use, children with epilepsy that does not respond to other treatments can now legally use CBD oil. This extract of the cannabis plant has produced dramatic relief for young epilepsy patients throughout the world. One Texas mother has publicly expressed her relief that she can access the medicine without fear of getting in trouble with the law. She believes that medical marijuana should be legally available in the state to treat more conditions than just epilepsy.

New Texas medical marijuana dispensary in Austin

Following the enactment of Texas's medical marijuana law, a new medical marijuana dispensary in the Austin area is now cultivating marijuana for people who have intractable epilepsy. The company, which is called Compassionate Cultivation, is one of three that are licensed in the state to grow medical marijuana.

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