Texas Will Consider Decriminalization in 2017
Texas lawmakers will push to eliminate the criminal penalties associated with small time marijuana crimes in the 2017 legislative session.
According to a report from the Texas Tribune, legislative forces walked up to the steps of the State Capitol on Monday to submit a number of cannabis-related bills, one of which aims to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana all across the Lone Star state. The goal of the measure, according to Dem. State Rep. Joe Moody, the lawmaker responsible for drafting the bill, is to simply make this offense a civil infraction, punishable with a $250 fine—no jail time, no criminal record.
While not a perfect plan, the scope of House Bill 81 would be a relatively solid reform for Texas, especially considering the current charge for this offense is a criminal misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to a 180 days in the slammer and a $2000 fine.
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Smoking Pot, No College May Not Bar You from Police Work
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police departments are relaxing age-old standards for accepting recruits, from lowering educational requirements to forgiving some prior drug use, to try to attract more people to their ranks.
The changes are designed to deal with decreased interest in a job that offers low pay, rigorous physical demands and the possibility of getting killed on duty all while under intense public scrutiny. There’s also the question of how to encourage more minorities to become police officers.
“We have a national crisis,” said Eugene O’Donnell, a former New York City police officer and now a lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. “For the first time in my life, I would say I could never recommend the job. Who’s going to put on a camera, go into urban America where people are going to critique every move you make? You’re going to be demonized.”
When does Nevada's marijuana law go into effect? These are the key dates to know.
Marijuana advocates in Nevada celebrated on Tuesday as the state officially approved recreational marijuana use with 54.5% of the vote. But residents can't take advantage of the new measure just yet.
The Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative — also known as Question 2 — will officially take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. On that date, it will become legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, as well as grow up to six marijuana plants per person (12 per household) in an enclosed space.
Several NFL owners, execs eyeing marijuana discipline changes
With public attitudes and laws changing in the United States regarding the use of recreational and medical marijuana, minds are beginning to change in the NFL as well.
Based on conversations with 10 NFL team owners and executives over the past few months, marijuana usage could emerge as a key issue when the collective bargaining agreement is renegotiated over the next few years. The team sources spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to talk candidly about the subject.
Each of the owners support additional study and discussion regarding what the league's stance should be on medical and recreational pot use for players. The majority of the sample size supports a "decriminalization" of marijuana that would make it more difficult for players to be suspended. Two of the principals involved in the issue said they are open to getting rid of marijuana-related suspensions and only issuing fines. Two others said they are worried about sending the message that drug use is tolerated and believe suspensions must remain.
Mom Charged for Treating Her Daughter’s Seizures with Marijuana Butter
Last month, Kelsey Osborne of Gooding, Idaho, had her children taken away from her after she gave her daughter a smoothie with marijuana butter in an attempt to stop her severe seizures.
A month has passed and her two children are still living with their father. Kelsey is is trying to get them back.
“I didn’t ever think it would come down to this, but it did,” Osborne told KTVB. “It tore me apart.”
Her 3-year-old daughter Madyson has a history of seizures, but they became worse than ever in October.
“They would stop and come back, stop and come back with the hallucinations and everything else,” Osborne said.
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