Reefer Madness

Life for Baking Pot? Maybe Not

Jacob Lavoro’s attorney is confident his client can avoid spending the rest of his life in prison for the crime of baking pot brownies, if the presiding judge will properly apply the law in his case. Problem is, Lavoro resides in Round Rock – Williamson County – a jurisdiction not known for attaining that standard. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Thu. Jul. 24, Chase Hoffberger

4:20 on 5/3: Rally for Pot-Law Reform

Some know it as the Global Marijuana March. Others call it the Million Marijuana March. Still others prefer Cannabis Liberation Day. Regardless which you prefer, the 15th Annual March to Free the Weed happens this weekend, Saturday, May 3. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Thu. May. 1, Jordan Smith

Justice Says Legalize It

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens believes the feds should legalize marijuana. Read More | Comment »

9:50AM Fri. Apr. 25, Jordan Smith

Texans Like Pot

According to Progress Texas, the early numbers are in and the results are clear: Texans favor pot-law reform. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Sun. Apr. 20, Jordan Smith

Medi-Pot Not Cause of Crime

There is no correlation between legalization of medical marijuana and increases in crime. That's the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas who looked at crime trends from 1990-2006 across all 50 states, the period of time during which the first 11 states legalized medi-pot. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Fri. Apr. 18, Jordan Smith

Should Texas Legalize Marijuana?

Do you support marijuana decriminalization? How about legalizing medical marijuana? How do you feel about full-blown marijuana legalization and regulation, akin to laws passed in Colorado and Washington in 2012? Read More | Comment »

12:43PM Tue. Apr. 1, Jordan Smith

Who's That Not Knocking On My Door?

It was nearly 10pm on April 28, 2009, when the front door to the San Antonio home of Lindsey Bishop and Carolyn Clark exploded inward. On the other side of the door were seven plainclothes (and one uniformed) police officers there to execute a search warrant. Read More | Comment »

9:15AM Thu. Feb. 20, Jordan Smith

Super (Reefer) Bowl I

This Sunday's match-up between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks may be Super Bowl XLVIII for the National Football League, but it's Super Bowl I for fans from each state – the first two in the country to legalize pot for recreational use by adults. Read More | Comment »

9:43AM Fri. Jan. 31, Jordan Smith

Texas Governor to Decriminalize Pot!

During a Thursday panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry made national headlines by saying not only that Washington and Colorado had every right to legalize pot, but also that he's long been a supporter of drug decriminalization policies in Texas. Oh, if it was only that simple. Read More | Comment »

12:10PM Fri. Jan. 24, Jordan Smith

Teens Still Smoke Pot

News flash: Teenagers use marijuana more than any other illicit drug, according to an annual report on adolescent drug use. Read More | Comment »

3:20PM Wed. Dec. 18, 2013, Jordan Smith

Legalize it! Tax it!

It may be an off-year election, but voters are still high on pot measures, with key votes Tuesday night in two states signaling to reformers that the War on Marijuana is certainly down in the polls. Read More | Comment »

2:21PM Wed. Nov. 6, 2013, Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness: Solid Majority Favor Legalization

In October 1969, the first year that the Gallup Poll queried adults about whether they believed use of marijuana should be legal, just 12% said yes. An overwhelming 84% said no. Read More | Comment »

12:30PM Sat. Oct. 26, 2013, Jordan Smith

Feds: Hands off Pot Users in Colorado and Washington

In a letter sent yesterday to all U.S. attorneys, Deputy A.G. James Cole wrote that the federal government will not – for now, at least –s take legal action to challenge laws in Colorado and Washington passed by voters last year that legalize and regulate the use and sale of marijuana by adults.* Read More | Comment »

9:23AM Fri. Aug. 30, 2013, Jordan Smith

ACLU Report: Time to Legalize It

From 2001-2010, a record 8 million people were arrested on marijuana charges, 88% for possession only, with blacks arrested far more often than are whites – in Texas, as much as 34-times more likely to face arrest than whites – according to a new report from the ACLU that concludes that marijuana should be legalized, taxed, and regulated. Read More | Comment »

1:21PM Fri. Jun. 7, 2013, Jordan Smith

Lawmakers Reject Medical Marijuana Protection for Patients

A conservative measure that would have created an affirmative defense to prosecution for pot possession for seriously ill Texas patients has died in a House committee without being called up for a vote. Read More | Comment »

12:49PM Thu. May. 9, 2013, Jordan Smith

Drug Testing State Officials?

Brownsville Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. is clean. Read More | Comment »

1:04PM Tue. Apr. 16, 2013, Jordan Smith

Majority of Americans Say Legalize It

It's official: People like pot – they really, really like it. Read More | Comment »

11:04AM Tue. Apr. 16, 2013, Jordan Smith

Senator Open to Compromise on Drug Testing Bill

A budding compromise promises, for now at least, to temper the scope and punitive nature of Senate Bill 11, Flower Mound Republican Sen. Jane Nelson's bid to ferret out and ban drug abusers from obtaining welfare benefits. Read More | Comment »

10:28AM Tue. Mar. 26, 2013, Jordan Smith

From the Vaults: Snoop Loop

In the film Reincarnated, Snoop Dogg takes us on his personal odyssey, which results in the Dogg evolving into the Lion. It's a journey with coordinates that home in on the island of Jamaica and a musical sound that shifts gears toward reggae rhythms from harder-edged rap. The documentary played during SXSW Film, and opened today at the Violet Crown Cinema. Read More | Comment »

7:05PM Fri. Mar. 15, 2013, Marjorie Baumgarten

From Decriminalizing Pot to Banishing Junk Science

A host of criminal justice bills come up for committee hearings in both chambers today. Below is a quick-hit guide to a small selection of the bills being heard. Read More | Comment »

10:05AM Tue. Mar. 12, 2013, Jordan Smith

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