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.
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.
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.
Texas fans of rapper Daz Dillinger may be aware of his feud with Kanye West. West allegedly filed a restraining order against Dillinger in May.
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.
On Sept. 7, a Texas man was arrested after law enforcement officers allegedly found a large quantity of marijuana in his Sugar Land home. The defendant has been charged with felony possession of marijuana and money laundering.
Authorities in Texas took a 29-year-old man into custody after 200 pounds of marijuana were found in his home. Authorities also said that they found a handgun, packaging materials and a scale during a search of the man's residence. He was officially charged with possession of marijuana between 50 and 2,000 pounds.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office reports that two people were arrested following a drug bust. The pair were taken into custody on August 24 after a search warrant was executed on a home located in the Missouri City area of Texas.
A Texas couple ended up in jail after an anonymous tip alerted police in Lacy Lakeview about marijuana at their apartment. The police chief said that officers reported finding the man and woman with approximately 1 pound of marijuana at an apartment on the 3500 block of Meyers Lane. Police said that packages and scales were also present at the location, which raised suspicions about an intent to distribute.