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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.

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.

Marijuana Possession

  • Posted on: 26 November 2014
  • By: brent

The vast majority of marijuana-based arrests in the State of Texas are Misdemeanor-B "Possession of Marijuana Under Two Ounces", punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Very rarely do district attorneys seek a jail sentence in misdemeanor possession of marijuana cases, and frequently my clients will face only a deferred adjudication probation or diversion program and the related fines and community service, with no arrest on their record after completion of their plea agreement and a filing for non-disclosure.