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Texas House Set to Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana

On Thursday April 25, 2019 the Texas House of Representatives will debate and vote on Representative Joe Moody’s HB63 relating to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of certain small amounts of marihuana. HB63 is a bill that would decriminalize under an ounce of marijuana reducing the penalty from a class B misdemeanor (punishable…
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Setting Aside Convictions with Judicial Clemency

For people currently on Probation with a Felony Conviction a relatively new Texas law may provide some relief via Judicial Clemency, including for some felony marijuana convictions. Judicial Clemency is the term used to describe the power of a judge to set aside a conviction under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Judicial Clemency is…
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Cameron Pinkerton Explains the Legality of CBD in Texas

Is CBD Legal in Texas? "What is the legal status of CBD?"Cameron Pinkerton, legal assistant at the Law Offices of David Sloane discusses the legality of CBD in Texas, the 2018 Farm Bill, the FDA's recent statements about CBD, and Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson, who made national headlines regarding comments she made about…
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David Sloane Stands Against Texas Police Chiefs on Cannabis

ABC’s Dallas affiliate WFAA channel 8, recently quoted David Sloane after he offered his stirring support for a bill that would decriminalize marijuana across the state before the Texas House of Representatives. The author of the story Kevin Reece was reporting on the decision by the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) to release a report…
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David Sloane Testifies in Favor of HB 63

  Several district attorneys in Texas have decided to not prosecute minor marijuana possession offenses in their respective jurisdictions. For instance, in Houston’s Harris County, if you are caught with four ounces or less of marijuana, you will have the drugs confiscated and you will have the option to take a drug class. That means…
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Texas Legislature Considers Marijuana Legalization

The Texas Legislature’s 86th regular session kicked off last week and there are already over a dozen proposed bills that would legalize or decriminalize marijuana to some extent. As more than half the states in the union have legalized cannabis for medical use and 10 states have some form of recreational marijuana, marijuana advocates in…
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Why Can’t Texas Vote to Legalize Marijuana?

In states like California, the state constitution allows for electors to vote on referenda to become law during general elections. So, for instance, the question of whether marijuana should be legalized was left up to California citizens under California Proposition 64 in 2016. That measure passed with 57% of the vote which is why recreational…
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Greg Abbott’s Softening Stance On Marijuana

Discussions about legalizing Marijuana begin and end with the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott. Abbott has, until recently, been staunchly opposed to any form of cannabis legalization. The governor has even expressly stated that, “Texas should not legalize marijuana, nor should Texas open the door for conventional marijuana [to] be used for medical or medicinal…
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