There is no doubt that marijuana use is a hot top in the Texas Legislature this year. Following a nationwide trend, there are nearly 60 proposed bills in the statehouse currently related to marijuana in one form or another. They include bills dealing with cannabis for medicinal use and testing for use to obtain public benefits.
The superintendent of a Texas public school system was recently arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. The incident took place near Waco on March 7.
Despite growing trends toward cannabis legalization across the country, many people in Texas are still facing severe recriminations after convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana. In the past five years, around 379,000 Texans have been arrested and charged with possession of 2 ounces or less of cannabis. One woman was arrested in 2013 at the age of 21 after she was found with a small amount of marijuana, about enough for one joint. In 2019, she continues to deal with drug checks through a probation officer, restriction to her county and a prohibition on going to bars.
The Texas Anti-Gang Center in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies in Lubbock arrested 12 people during a search for one of the state's top 10 most wanted gang fugitives. Agents succeeded in finding their intended target, a 41-year-old man with an outstanding federal warrant for weapons violations.
Texas authorities kicked off 2019 by taking aggressive action against individuals selling and distributing illegal drugs in the state. For example, law enforcement agents recently busted two people for allegedly having tens of thousands of dollars' worth of illicit substances in their Sugar Land home.
A routine traffic stop on the morning of Jan. 20 led to the discovery and seizure of more than 280 pounds of marijuana and marijuana edibles according to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety. A 45-year-old man and a 35-year-old man have been taken into custody in connection with the seized drugs. Police believe the two men were transporting the drugs from the west coast to their home state of Florida.
A 31-year-old Texas woman remains at large after police in Abilene found 36 pounds of marijuana and large amounts of cash at her residence and in a safety deposit box. Her arrest warrant charges her with allegations of felony trafficking of marijuana and THC products.
A 25-year-old man was detained on suspicion of possession of drugs. The man was pulled over while driving on Texas 6. According to a report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, a trooper said that the vehicle was speeding. The trooper then signaled for the driver of the vehicle to pull over. The driver complied, and the trooper walked to the driver's side door.
Two people in Texas are facing drug charges after the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force conducted a raid. The 28-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were arrested as part of an investigation into drug sales in Houston and Sugar Land. The area has been identified as part of a HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) by law enforcement agencies, and the raid took place after police reported various undercover operations.
A 20-year-old man is facing a first-degree felony count of delivery of marijuana after 68.37 pounds of the drug were allegedly discovered in the pickup truck he was driving in Jones County. A records check reveals that the El Paso resident has previously been charged with possessing 100 pounds of marijuana. According to a statement from the Anson Police Department, the seized drugs have a street value of about $120,000 and were being transported from El Paso to an undisclosed location in Kansas.