Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety reportedly made a significant drug seizure during a routine traffic stop on the evening of Nov. 20. According to media accounts, more than 3,400 pounds of marijuana and about 2,400 pounds of products containing THC, which is the cannabinoid that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties, were found in a recreational vehicle pulled over on U.S. Route 287 in Donley County.
About 2,600 federal inmates in Texas and around the country who are serving long custodial sentences for crimes involving crack cocaine could be released if the First Step Act reaches President Trump's desk. Trump has vowed to sign the criminal justice reform bill, but political analysts expect bipartisan opposition in Congress to be fierce. Some Republicans say that the bill goes too far and jeopardizes public safety while many Democrats say that it does not go far enough.
The uptick in drunk driving incidents during the holidays happens across the country, including right here in Texas. When the holiday festivities begin, more drunk drivers hit the road, and police ramp up enforcement. The last thing you want to do during the winter holidays is hurt someone or go to jail because of a DWI.
Texas will become the 33rd state to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients if a bill introduced by State Senator José Martinez on Nov. 12 becomes law. Senate Bill 90 would allow doctors in the Lone Star State to prescribe cannabis just as they would any other medicine. Currently, only intractable epilepsy sufferers may be prescribed the drug under the Texas Compassionate Use Act.
Possession of marijuana is illegal in the state of Texas. However, some people still buy it legally in a state like Colorado and bring it across the state line.
Four people are facing drug charges after being arrested in Palo Duro Canyon following a weekend trip with a fraternity from Texas Tech. They are accused of a number of allegations, including possession of marijuana and possession of other controlled substances. While members of the Texas Tech chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity planned a weekend party trip to Palo Duro State Park, they failed to make reservations for a space at the park. In addition, park rangers allege that many of the fraternity members didn't pay the entry fee at the park.
A number of states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, and the level of social acceptability has increased. It is illegal under both Texas and federal law, however, so people could face criminal charges for marijuana possession. The circumstances of the specific case dictate the potential penalties.