Marijuana

Texas Governor to Sign Limited Legalization Bill

  • Posted on: 31 May 2015
  • By: brent

(Originally posted by Stephen Carter at the Texas Cannabis Report: http://txcann.com/2015/05/31/texas-governor-says-hell-sign-medical-marij...)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that he will sign medical marijuana legislation on Monday.

Abbott issued a news advisory Sunday announcing a Monday bill signing ceremony with the authors of Senate Bill 339 — Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, and Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth.

Should I Allow a Warrantless Search of My Home?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

The State of Texas has traditionally protected the rights of a citizen in their home, whether those rights involve self-defense, protection from creditors, or illegal police searches. But what exactly defines an illegal police search? The Texas Criminal Appeals Court recently delved into the latter issue in Turrubiate v. State,396 S.W.3d 147 (Tex.Crim.App. 2013). In Turrubiate, the defendant was arrested after a warrantless search and arrest in his home when law enforcement detected the strong odor of marijuana and entered under the auspices of protecting a child in the home. 

If the STOP was bad, why do I have to GO to jail?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

The vast majority of our clients are angry at the circumstances of their arrest, and an overwhelming number of these arrests came as the result of a routine traffic stop that they characterize as illegal, warrantless, unreasonable, or the result of racial or cultural profiling. The stop was bad, many argue, so the fact that I was in possession of a gun, marijuana, paraphernalia, and conflict diamonds should never have been discovered.  We agree, when the stop is bad, and are more than happy to listen to these opinions and evaluate the cases honestly and expertly.

Is it RIGHT to drive on the LEFT?

  • Posted on: 1 May 2015
  • By: brent

In recent years the Texas Department of Transportation have posted over 3,400 somewhat confusing "Left Lane for Passing Only" signs on the state's roads. For those of us (all of us) who have lied under the unwritten rule that the left lane is the "fast lane", it seems counterintuitive to limit one lane to such a limited purpose. What's more, our clients who have encountered these signs all think the same thing: The rule is nonsensical and any ticket associated with the rule should be dismissed. If only that were the truth.

WSJ: Supreme Court Curbs Drug-Sniffing Dogs During Traffic Stops

  • Posted on: 23 April 2015
  • By: brent

By Jesse Bravin of the Wall Street Journal, Reposted from: http://www.wsj.com/articles/supreme-court-limits-use-of-drug-sniffing-do...)

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Tuesday police can’t prolong a routine traffic stop to allow a drug-sniffing dog to search the vehicle unless they have a reasonable suspicion of uncovering contraband.

NORML: CBS News Poll: Majority Of Americans Back Legalizing Marijuana

  • Posted on: 23 April 2015
  • By: brent

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director (Reposted from http://blog.norml.org/2015/04/22/cbs-news-poll-majority-of-americans-bac...)

The majority of Americans say that marijuana is safer than alcohol and believe that its use should be legal, according to nationwide polling data compiled by CBS News.

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