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Texas among top states using marijuana during Coronavirus outbreak according to Twitter data

3/25/20--According to geotagged Twitter data gathered this month, it appears more Texans are using marijuana than people in most states during the coronavirus pandemic. The map featured in this article is based on data since March 1, tracking tweets and hashtags about using marijuana, including phrases such as “smoke weed,” “get high,” and all related slang terms. Read

Texas Hemp law creates haze of confusion: ‘It Changed The Definition Of Marijuana’

3/12/20--While bills to decriminalize marijuana failed in the last legislation session, the state’s new hemp law passed unanimously. It was intended to allow farmers to cash in on a new crop, but the unintended effect is a big one. According to Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Dale Smith, it changed the definition of marijuana by defining legal hemp as the same plant, only with a concentration of less than .3% THC, marijuana’s euphoria inducing chemical. Read

Texas House panels endorses lower fines for marijuana possession

4/3/17--The House Criminal Jurisprudence committee approved a bill that would make possession of up to an ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine of up to $250 instead of a criminal charge. The bill now advances to the full House for consideration. Read