Some high school students in Texas are facing serious charges for vaping. After the state raised the legal age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21, several schools have installed technology to detect vaping and brought in dogs that can allegedly sniff the aroma of vaping. If the dogs or technology find evidence that a student is vaping, he or she could face jail or expulsion from school. The anti-vaping efforts target both nicotine vapes and people who are vaping with THC, an ingredient found in cannabis. These intense pressures have led to a 300% increase in students facing discipline for infractions related to tobacco.
Police in Texas seized a significant quantity of marijuana and took three suspects into custody on Dec. 12 when they executed a search warrant in Brazos County. According to media reports, a 28-year-old man, a 33-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman face a raft of charges in connection with the bust including drug possession and delivery of a controlled substance in an area designated as a drug-free zone. The College Station Police Department says that the operation marked the end of an investigation that began several months ago.
A routine traffic stop in Texas on the evening of Dec. 3 led to drug possession and tampering charges for a National Football League star. Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Antwaun Woods faces a felony count of tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession. He has also been charged with possessing drug paraphernalia. In addition to criminal sanctions, the 26-year-old athlete faces the possibility of a long suspension from the NFL. He is widely considered to be one of the game's best interior run defenders.
People in Texas may be more likely to be taken into custody under laws around marijuana vaping than in the past as law enforcement around the country has begun cracking down on the practice. Nationwide, in the past two years, law enforcement has detained more than 120 people and seized over 500,000 marijuana vape cartridges. In part, the crackdown is driven by growing concern about a deadly lung disease that has been linked to THC vaping.
Those previously convicted of drug charges in Texas may be interested in a new bill that was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill, known as the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act or MORE, would decriminalize marijuana on a federal level. After more than two hours of debate, the bill passed 24-10.
A 31-year-old Texas man faces up to 20 years in a federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. A jury found the man guilty after a trial that lasted for only one day according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas. The man was indicted along with six alleged co-conspirators in July 2019. Five of his co-conspirators subsequently pleaded guilty to drug charges. The sixth is currently a fugitive.
Texas residents who are convicted on first-degree felony charges can be sent to prison for up to 99 years. Such sentences are generally reserved for individuals who commit violent crimes like murder, but they can also be handed down to defendants who committed what many people would consider relatively minor narcotics offenses. Under current Texas law, an individual who bakes a batch of cannabis brownies and then offers them to friends at a party could spend the rest of their life behind bars.
A three-vehicle accident in Texas on Oct. 19 led to the discovery of more than 100 pounds of marijuana. A 28-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with the seized drugs. He has been charged with suspicion of marijuana possession and cited for speeding and operating an unregistered motor vehicle. He also has three outstanding warrants for failing to maintain financial responsibility for a motor vehicle according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Police in Texas have reported that a 54-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were taken into custody on the evening of Oct. 10 after illegal drugs were found in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop. The man has been charged with drug possession, and his bond has been set at $6,000. The woman faces drug manufacturing and distribution charges and is being held on a $30,000 bond.
On Sept. 18, Texas authorities seized approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. The incident took place in McKinney.