Texas retail ban on smokeable hemp starts Sunday
With those rules that take effect Sunday comes a retail ban on smokeable hemp. So the state asked the public for comment on why it should keep smokeable hemp products on shelves. "There were just under 1,700 commenters, however, who strongly disagreed with (a retail hemp ban) being included in the rules," Finkel said. Because of the retail smokeable hemp ban that’s taking effect on Aug. 2, many shops across Texas will be affected, Finkel says. To read more about the Texas hemp rules, click here.
WATCH: Texas attorneys' songful strategy on how to avoid pot convictions
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesA pair of Texas attorneys on Monday dropped a new single that probably won't make the Billboard's Hot 100 but could keep Texans' records spotless. The song by attorneys Will Hutson and Chris Harris explains the implications of House Bill 1325, which took effect in June. With distinct similarities in the two substances, "some people are saying that Texas sort of accidentally decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot," the attorneys said on their YouTube channel. "As lawyers, we will never advise anybody to break the law," the attorneys wrote. If you are in possession of cannabis in Texas, don't volunteer your opinion as to what it is.
Bexar County DA standing by decision not to prosecute suspected marijuana cases under 4 oz
SAN ANTONIO - The Bexar County district attorney is standing by his decision not to prosecute cases of suspected marijuana possession under 4 ounces despite Gov. The reason behind Gonzales' decision remains the same. There's no established way to tell the difference between illegal marijuana and legal hemp. The governors office sent a letter to several district attorneys throughout the state who are no longer prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana cases. Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales is standing his ground to not prosecute any misdemeanor marijuana cases and to the governors letter: "The Governor's letter has no effect on our decision not to prosecute misdemeanor marijuana cases."
Editorial: Hemp or pot; devil is in details
The recent enactment of a bill legalizing hemp and hemp-derived products has underscored the old adage about the devil being in the details. Hemp, on the other hand, is defined as a cannabis plant that cannot contain more than 0.3 percent THC. And while we understand the frustration of law enforcement, we can also think of worse things. There was also a bipartisan push in the last legislative session to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of marijuana. And with any luck, farmers in Uvalde County will one day get to harvest enough hemp to have made representative Kings bill worthwhile.uvaldeleadernews.com
Bexar County District Attorney won't prosecute most marijuana cases less than 4 ounces
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSAN ANTONIO - Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales released a statement Wednesday saying his office will not longer accept marijuana cases of 4 ounces or less from local law enforcement unless the marijuana has been lab tested and has a proven THC concentration. The policy is a result of House Bill 1325 which was signed into law by Gov. Gonzales said Bexar County currently cannot meet the testing requirement, but said, "Our office is working diligently to locate a lab that can conduct such testing." Gonzales said felony cases will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and said law enforcement is still allowed, by law, to conduct routine search and seizures and to make potential arrests based on probable cause. Letter from District Attorney Joe Gonzales and three other district attorneys:Earlier this week, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the new law is creating an issue for law enforcement across Texas.