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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Despite bipartisan support, medical marijuana bill likely won’t reach House floor

House Bill 2107 would expand the “Compassionate Use Act” and allow the use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients with debilitating medical conditions, such as terminal cancer or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Friday, February 17th, 2017

New Harris County policy reignites marijuana decriminalization debate

After Harris County’s move to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, Texas lawmakers disagree about whether local jurisdictions have the discretion to enact such policies.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

In pockets of Texas, prosecutors just say no to marijuana prosecutions

Texas lawmakers may be reluctant to ease up on punishing small-time pot smokers, but local prosecutors across the state are increasingly looking for ways to keep two-bit toking cases from clogging court dockets.

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Commentary: The Christian case for legalizing marijuana

State Rep. DAVID SIMPSON writes, “I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix. The time has come for a thoughtful discussion of the prudence of our prohibition approach...

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Poll: Few Texans would keep marijuana illegal

Most Texans would support the legalization of marijuana for medical use, and close to a majority would support legalization for any use, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Expecting pot decriminalization in Texas? Slow your roll

Gov. Rick Perry's recent remarks about states’ rights and marijuana laws drew national attention, though his staff said they were nothing new. Despite the clamor over the remarks, Texans shouldn't expect marijuana laws to change anytime soon

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

In third statewide bid, Friedman hopes to win with weed

The noted singer, humorist, novelist and hawker of tequila has tried multiple times to add “elected official” to his résumé. His celebrity status and unique charm have not translated into success at the ballot box. In his...

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Texas DPS fires shots, launches tear gas across border

Texas Department of Public Safety officers on Thursday came under gunfire from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande in one incident on the South Texas border, and launched tear gas south into Mexico in another.

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Audio: Will U.S. try to snuff out state marijuana laws?

The Justice Department has a big decision to make.

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Audio: Could marijuana legalization happen in Texas?

After Colorado and Washington voted on Tuesday to ease marijuana laws, some proponents of legalization think their cause could pick up steam in other states, including Texas.

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