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Texas police seize 5,800 pounds of marijuana and THC

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.

Texas State Senator Martinez introduces medical marijuana bill

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.

Fraternity members facing drug charges after party

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.

Marijuana possession charges in Texas

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.

Challenging the validity of police searches and search warrants

Illegal drugs discovered during police searches are often key pieces of evidence in narcotics prosecutions, but criminal defense attorneys in Texas and around the country may argue that searches and seizures are illegal in certain situations. The protections provided by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are taken seriously by the courts, and police officers must generally obtain warrants before searching individuals or their vehicles or residences.

CBD products showing up in Texas stores

As medical and recreational cannabis is legalized in more areas across the country, there has been a rise in Texas stores selling CBD or cannabidiol products. CBD is an extract of cannabis that is widely promoted for its pain relief and other medical properties. It does not contain THC, widely known as the psychoactive element in cannabis. As a result, it does not produce intoxication or a "high" and is often recommended by natural health enthusiasts and physicians as a means to handle insomnia and other issues.

Marijuana arrests on the rise despite increased legalization

In Texas, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance and generally not recognized as having value for medical reasons. However, a growing number of states allow this substance to be used for recreational and/or medicinal purposes. Despite a growing national trend toward allowing cannabis to be legally purchased, grown and used under certain circumstances, the number of marijuana-related arrests is on the rise. According to a report by the FBI, there is now one marijuana arrest nearly every 50 seconds in the United States.

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