Possessing two ounces or less of marijuana is still considered a Class B felony under Texas law, but that has not prevented some counties in the Lone Star State from putting diversion programs in place that allow individuals caught with small amounts of the drug to avoid criminal charges. The latest such program was approved unanimously by the Travis County Commissioners Court on Dec. 19. Under the program, which will go into effect in January 2018, offenders can avoid dealing with the criminal justice system by paying $45 to attend a four-hour class.
Police in Texas have reported that an anonymous tip received on the afternoon of Dec. 16 led to the seizure of marijuana with an approximate street value of more than $900,000 in Denton County. Officers from the Lewisville Police Department are said to have found 372 packages of the drug concealed in cardboard boxes during the search of a U-Haul trailer. Following the discovery, a 28-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were brought into custody on second-degree felony drug possession charges.
Police in Texas charged a 24-year-old man with drug possession with the intent to distribute after heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana were allegedly discovered during a routine traffic stop. The man's vehicle was pulled over in Austin on Dec. 6 for reckless driving, and a subsequent search is said to have yielded substantial quantities of heroin along with drug paraphernalia including plastic bags and rubber bands.
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.