Although the state of Texas still maintains strict laws against marijuana use, children with epilepsy that does not respond to other treatments can now legally use CBD oil. This extract of the cannabis plant has produced dramatic relief for young epilepsy patients throughout the world. One Texas mother has publicly expressed her relief that she can access the medicine without fear of getting in trouble with the law. She believes that medical marijuana should be legally available in the state to treat more conditions than just epilepsy.
Following the enactment of Texas's medical marijuana law, a new medical marijuana dispensary in the Austin area is now cultivating marijuana for people who have intractable epilepsy. The company, which is called Compassionate Cultivation, is one of three that are licensed in the state to grow medical marijuana.
On Nov. 18, authorities in Texas reported that a man is facing a first-degree felony charge after police discovered 45 pounds of controlled substances at his home in north Austin. According to news sources, police found marijuana and a derivative form of the drug when they executed a search warrant at the residence, which is located in the 1200 block of Pasadena Drive.
In Texas, two people are facing drug charges after their vehicle was pulled over on Nov. 1 in Hildago County. According to the criminal complaint, the 33-year-old man and his 35-year-old female passenger were detained by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper at approximately 5:46 p.m. Reports indicate that the window tint on the stopped Chevrolet Silverado appeared to be darker than it is allowed to be by law.
First-time marijuana offenders in El Paso County may be able to avoid jail time and criminal records by participating in a newly unveiled program. Called the First Chance Program, it was unanimously approved by the commissioners of the county on Oct. 30.
According to law enforcement authorities with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, six men were taken into custody for an allegedly sophisticated marijuana growing operation. Search warrants were reportedly executed on multiple residences in late September, resulting in the arrests of the men.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced that a routine vehicle stop on the afternoon of Oct. 2 led to the discovery of a significant quantity of marijuana. The 22-year-old Brownsville man who was behind the wheel of the SUV involved was taken into custody following the search and charged with a felony count of drug possession. Reports indicate that he was transported to a detention facility in Willacy County after being booked and processed.
Those caught with less than 4 ounces of marijuana in Dallas County may not necessarily be sent to jail. Instead, a new "cite and release" program will allow police to issue a summons. Having received approval from both the Dallas City Council and Dallas County, the program is scheduled to begin Dec. 1. One county commissioner voted against the program, and that was because he felt the program didn't go far enough.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report indicates that the number of drug arrests increased nationwide in 2016 by 5.63 percent. Law enforcement agencies reported upwards of 1.5 million arrests for the violation of drug laws during that year, many of which occurred in Texas. More than 1.33 million of those arrests, accounting for 84.6 percent of the total, were for drug possession. Approximately 41 percent of the arrests were related to marijuana, the overwhelming majority of which were for marijuana possession.
On Sept. 25, it was reported that a Texas pilot was sentenced to three years in prison for smuggling drugs across state lines. Further, the 65-year-old man was ordered to surrender his 1969 Piper Comanche and pay a fee of $5,000.