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Unless your Grandma was more into jam bands than making jam, you’ve probably never tasted pot brownies that could even compare to her delicious, fudgy chocolate-swirl brownies. Until now. The recipe comes from Denver’s Sweet Grass Kitchen, one of Colorado’s largest distributors of cannabis-infused edibles, and winner of this year’s People’s Choice for “Best Edible Products” at the Cannabis Business Awards.

Lauren Finesilver, executive chef at Sweet Grass, tweaked her Grandmother’s recipe slightly by adding cannabutter, but the rest remains true to the original. The secret to these brownies’ rich, fudgy consistency is dark chocolate made with 60-70% cacao. “Cocoa powder doesn’t have enough chocolate flavor to balance out the cannabis,” she says. Finesilver has tried her fair share of pot-brownie recipes, including her Dad’s from the ‘70s. “His recipe included rum-soaked raisins and a ‘lid’ of pot with seeds, stems, and everything. They’re the kind of brownies that knock you out for days.”

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When it comes to side dishes that can double as main meals, is there anything better than macaroni and cheese? Not only do you have two of the best food groups — carbs and cheese — but you can customize it to fit the rest of the meal. You can easily go from a multi-cheese mac to a barbecue chicken mac and cheese to almost literally anything else (as long as you have the ingredients you want) if you needed to.

One of our favorite additions to mac and cheese is the king of the crustaceans, lobster. Soft, buttery lobster meat coated in melted cheese? How is that not the idea of side dish perfection? (Trick question, because it is side dish perfection.)

While it may be perfection, we realized something recently. It can be made even better. How? Cannabis, of course. A delicious meal that also relaxes us? Sign us up yesterday.

– Read the entire article at The Mnaual.

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Those looking to play a role in the development of medical uses of cannabis in the United States, listen up; Uncle Sam needs you. As reported by Marijuana Moment, a listing posted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse via the Federal Business Opportunities website last week asked for “capability statements” from businesses with the capacity to produce a variety of marijuana strains and products. Prospective firms must also be equipped with storage space for up to 5000 kilograms of cannabis stock.

The posting seems to be excellent news for those who have been waiting for the US to step up the cannabis stock available for critical drug trials. Such projects can only proceed with federally authorized marijuana and only one farm has been approved by the feds to provide such a supply. A University of Mississippi site currently holds the only authorization—as it has since it was approved way back in 1968.

What could have caused this long-awaited entrée to the expansion of cannabis science? Many will point to the recent resignation by request of Trump of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions’ well-known reputation as a salty adversary of legal cannabis may have played a major role in slowing

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Texas Marijuana Legalization in 2019

The mention of medical or recreational was blatantly missing from the ballots this November, although the topic was not killed with silence as planned. Representatives in the Texas Gov have already filed 10 bills to correct this for Texas Marijuana Legalization in 2019.

Texas Marijuana Related Bills Filed for 2019 include:

HB 63 (Rep. Joe Moody) – Related to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of certain small amounts of marijuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia; creating a criminal offense.

SB 90 (Sen. Jose Menendez) – Related to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees.

HB 186 (Rep. Terry Canales) – Related to the determination of the weight of marijuana and other cannabinols for the purpose of the prosecution and punishment of the offense of possession of those substances.

HB 122 (Rep. Gina Hinojosa) – Related to the medical use of marijuana; providing an affirmative defense to prosecution for possession of marihuana.

SB 116 (Sen. Jose Menendez) – Related to industrial hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

SJR 7 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) – Proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use.

SJR 8 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez)– Proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis.

SB 156 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) – Related to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of certain small amounts of marijuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia; creating a criminal offense.

HJR 21 (Rep. Ron Reynolds) – Proposes a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use.

HB 209 (Rep. Ron Reynolds) – Related to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees.

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Legislation to decriminalize marijuana possession has been filed in the Texas Legislature.

State Representative Joe Moody has prefiled legislation that would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The measure would make it so that anyone caught with up to an ounce could be fined a maximum of $250, but would not receive any jail time or criminal record. This is in stark contrast to current law, where possessing up to an ounce is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to six months in jail (as well as a misdemeanor charge on your record).

“Civil penalty legislation is the first thing I’ve filed on the first day of filing for the 86th Session”, said Moody in a press release. “There’s been an incredible swell of bipartisan support since last session, and the official Texas Republican and Democratic platforms both approve of this kind of reform now,”. Moody says he’s “optimistic that this will be the session we finally see smarter, fairer marijuana laws in Texas.”

According to a poll released in April and conducted by Quinnipiac University,  61% of voters in Texas are in favor of ending cannabis prohibition, with just 39% opposed.

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Stephen Carter 2018-11-12

Texas Senator Jose Menendez, a Democrat who represents the San Antonio area in District 26, has pre-filed a medical cannabis bill for the 2019 legislative session which he describes as “comprehensive and compassionate.” He filed similar bills in 2017 and 2015.

Menendez’s office released a statement today on SB 90:

To alleviate suffering for thousands of Texas patients, Senator Jose Menendez filed Senate Bill 90, a comprehensive and compassionate medical cannabis bill. If passed, Texas would become the 33rd state to offer medical cannabis for qualifying patients. The proposed legislation would increase the number of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for the Texas Compassionate Use Program (T.CUP). Senate Bill 90 would also allow doctors to treat medical cannabis like any other medicine.

“Doctors, not politicians, should determine what is best for Texas patients,” said Senator Menendez. “Studies have proven that cannabis is a legitimate medicine that can help a variety of Texans including, individuals suffering from opioid addiction, veterans coping with PTSD, cancer patients, and people on the Autism spectrum. Texas should provide real relief for our suffering patients.”

“Patients should not be arrested for using a medicine that is legal in every state that borders Texas, including conservative states like Oklahoma and Arkansas,” said Senator Menendez. The legislature must act and provide medical freedom to those who need it the most.”

Senator Menendez has demonstrated he is a leader on this issue, having filed medical cannabis legislation in the previous two sessions, Senate Bill 1839 in 2015 and Senate Bill 269 in 2017. He was also the co-author of the landmark Senate Bill 339 which allowed for limited cannabis use for people with intractable epilepsy.”

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State Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, introduced a bill on Monday to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the Texas House of Representatives. The measure, House Bill 63, was submitted by Moody on the first day of the pre-filing period for the 2019 legislative session.

If passed, “a person who knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of marihuana [sic] in an amount that is one ounce or less does not commit an offense but is liable to the state for a civil penalty not to exceed $250,” according to the text of the bill.

It appears the bill might have a chance at success. Both Moody’s own Democratic Party and that of state Republicans call for cannabis reform. And in September, Gov. Greg Abbott, long an obstacle to marijuana reform, indicated that he was “open” to reducing the penalties for possession of small quantities of pot.

Texas Republicans Support Reform

In June, at the convention for the Republican Party of Texas, delegates approved a platform that included several planks in favor of cannabis reform.

“We support a change in the law to make it a civil, and not a criminal, offense for legal adults only to possess one ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, punishable by a fine of up to $100, but without jail time,” reads the official party stance on cannabis.

Another plank called for a change in marijuana regulation at the federal level.

“Congress should remove cannabis from the list of Schedule 1.”

Heather Fazio, coalition coordinator for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, said the party’s positions reflected the opinions of most Americans.

“Texas Republicans, like the majority of Americans, are ready to see more sensible marijuana policies enacted,” Fazio said. “Our state wastes valuable criminal justice resources arresting between 60,000-70,000 Texans annually. Delegates took a stand this week for a better approach.”

“While it would be preferable for cannabis to be de-scheduled entirely, this call by the Texas GOP signifies a very positive shift in opinion,” Fazio added. “Outright prohibition is not working and Texas Republicans want to see Congress take action to make cannabis more accessible.”

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It was a bad 24 hours for Republicans named Sessions.

First, last night, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions was ousted by former NFL player Colin Allred in the race for the state’s 32nd Congressional District. As chair of the House Rules Committee, Sessioms successfully prevented dozens of cannabis law reform bills from reaching the House floor.

“I refer to marijuana as merchants of addiction,” he said in February at an opioid summit in Dallas. “They’re making it more powerful and more powerful and more powerful. I graduated high school in 1973. Marijuana, on average, is 300 times more powerful [than it was then]. That becomes an addictive element for a child to then go to the next thing… We ought to call it what it is.”

Today, following President Trump’s lengthy press conference about the midterms, Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his resignation, which Trump requested. This hardly comes as a surprise. Trump has excoriated Sessions ever since he recused himself from the Mueller investigation in 2017.

Mimicking Trump, new Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has referred to the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt.”

The former Senator from Alabama quickly became a lightning rod for the administration’s conservative view of cannabis. He once said at a Senate hearing that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and also joked that he thought the KKK “was OK until I found out hey smoked pot.”

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How exciting for Michigan and North Dakota to be voting on marijuana legalization and for Missouri and Utah to be voting on medical cannabis. What a time to be alive!

In general, it’s a great election for marijuana–unless you live in a state that’s not voting to end marijuana prohibition, right?

Wrong! With help from our friends at NORML, we’ve identified three candidates who may be on your ballot for the US House of Representatives who could make a huge difference in state and federal marijuana policy.

Say No to Texas’ Pete Sessions

If you live near Amarillo, Texas, you may have the chance to remove the single greatest roadblock to federal marijuana law reform in the House of Representatives. Congressman Pete Sessions (no relation to the Attorney General Jeff Sessions), is ranked an “F” recipient in NORML’s Congressional Scorecard.

Bipartisan efforts in Congress to let US states move forward with legalization have all been thwarted by Sessions, who chairs a powerful committee and refuses to allow our issue to get a vote. We might have state protection from federal law enforcement, or banks that can work with state-legal marijuana businesses, or relief from drug dealer tax penalties, or veterans

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Is CBD Oil in Texas legal? Yes and No.

Texas CBD Laws [2018]

CBD Oil In TexasBack in 2016, Texas lawmakers passed the Compassionate Care Act. This is a very limited medical cannabis program which allows for the production and use of CBD oil solely for the purpose of treating epileptic seizures. To be more precise, the law allows doctors who specialize in epilepsy and other neurological conditions to prescribe CBD oil to their patients, but only if those patients have tried the current FDA-approved epilepsy drugs with no success.

The law also allows for a regulated system for the production and sale of CBD oil. Many experts have criticized the measure as being too limiting thus denying millions of Texans the medicinal benefits of CBD oil.

Currently, there are only three companies which are legally licensed to produce and sell CBD oil in Texas. And the number of doctors which have been approved to legally prescribe CBD oil in Texas is minuscule compared to the number of epilepsy patients. Many doctors are reticent to prescribe CBD to their patients for fear that they might run afoul with Federal cannabis laws.

So what happens if you’re caught holding CBD oil in Texas without a prescription in 2019?

  • Is CBD Oil Legal in Texas in 2018?

  • Current Texas CBD Laws

  • What is Hemp, CBD, or Cannabidiol

  • How to buy CBD Oil in Texas Legally

As we mentioned, whether or not CBD oil is legal in Texas depends on who you ask, and how you frame the question. Texas cannabis laws are among the strictest in the nation. Although Texas law forbids the production of CBD oil in the state of Texas without a license, the question of whether or not hemp CBD oil is covered under Texas cannabis possession laws is debatable.

The Texas laws which might apply to CBD oil do, in fact, state that any and all derivatives of the cannabis plant are illegal. So how is that so many people are selling and buying CBD oil in Texas? Are they breaking the law?

As stated earlier, the state is fully aware that products containing CBD are currently being sold at a handful of retail establishments in Texas. Although they “raided” one shop, removing CBD from their shelves, the proprietors were not arrested on cannabis possession charges. Nor have any of the other shops in the state which are selling CBD oil and CBD-infused food and cosmetics products been arrested under cannabis distribution laws. (In other states where a handful of shop owners have been arrested and charged with crimes, the vast majority of cases are thrown out of court.)

The bottom line is this: The production and sale of CBD oil in Texas are strictly limited by law. Producing or selling CBD oil outside of that law is illegal and can — theoretically — result in criminal charges. But the laws pertaining to having a bottle of hemp CBD oil in your possession are murky. If a product is tested and found to contain less than 0.3% THC, the chances of being charged with cannabis possession are extremely slim to nonexistent. And the chances of being convicted of possession of cannabis are even slimmer.

Can you buy CBD oil in Texas Legally​ in 2018

So Is CBD in Texas legal? This is one of those questions where the answer to which depends on who you ask and how you frame the question.

In 2016 the state of Texas passed an extremely limiting medical cannabis law known as the Compassionate Use Act which made the production and sale of CBD oil legal in Texas — but only for epilepsy patients willing to jump through some hoops.

This measure aside, a number of shops in Texas have been selling hemp CBD oil imported from other states to buyers without a prescription. Their reasoning, in a nutshell, is that CBD oil is a food product made from hemp and is as legal as hemp seed oil or any other hemp food product.

However, in April of 2018, the Texas DSHS threatened to pull all products containing CBD from store shelves statewide. They even went so far as to “raid” one Texas shop that was selling CBD oil. The agency declared that pot laws aside, CBD has not been approved by the FDA as a food additive and, therefore, any food products made with CBD are also illegal.

Just six weeks later, after a raucous public uproar, lawmakers backed down on this position — at least temporarily while they gather more information about CBD. In the meantime, many stores in the state are still selling CBD oils and CBD-infused products such as edibles and skin creams.

So what gives? Is CBD oil legal in Texas, or isn’t it?

In order to fully understand the legal status of CBD in Texas, and the reasons that so many Texans want to be able to purchase CBD oil legally, it helps to understand exactly what it is and how it works.

What is Hemp CBD Oil, or Cannabidiol

CBD Oil in Texas

CBD oil is a refined extract of the hemp plant. Hemp is simply cannabis which produces below 0.3% THC. Anything above that is considered marijuana.

If you do some homework, you’ll find out that 99 out of 100 articles written about CBD oil will tell you that it’s made from industrial hemp — the same plant that has been used to produce textiles and seeds for thousands of years and which has “25,000 uses,” but very little medicinal value. The truth is that the type of hemp from which CBD oil is produced is nothing like industrial hemp. In fact, the cannabinoid-rich strains of hemp from which CBD oil is extracted didn’t even exist 25 years ago.

Rather than being a strain of industrial hemp which has been bred to produce higher levels of CBD, the hemp used to produce CBD oil is actually derived from strains of marijuana which have been bred to be effectively devoid of THC, the compound produced in pot which causes people to get high. This CBD-rich hemp, sometimes referred to as PCR hemp (phytocannabinoid-rich hemp) looks like marijuana, smells like marijuana, and is grown in the same way as marijuana.

CBD oil starts out as a raw extract of PCR hemp. It is extracted from the plant’s resinous flowers. After going through some filtering and distillation processes, the raw hemp extract is transformed into what we know as CBD oil.

Taken to its limits, the distillation process can produce 99.9% pure CBD. This product is odorless and flavorless and is therefore Ideal for adding to foods and cosmetics. (However, products made by infusing them with pure CBD are devoid of the other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes.)

Why Texans Want Their CBD and How it Helps

How Legal CBD Helps In Texas?CBD is short for cannabidiol. It is one of more than 100 phytocannabinoids – those produced in plants. High-quality CBD oil is rich in these medicinally beneficial compounds as well another class of compounds called terpenes. The purpose of cannabinoids is to regulate a variety of physiological functions in the human body at a cellular level. They do this by interacting with the human endocannabinoid system, or ECS.

The ECS is a system of signaling molecules and receptors via which the brain communicates instructions to individual cells. The human body naturally produces what are known as endocannabinoids. These are produced in the brain and the central nervous system at nerve synapses. It has been discovered over the years that both types of cannabinoids are essential to well-balanced health.

To give you an idea of how important the ECS is for maintaining good health one only needs to look at the wide variety of systems which are regulated by the ECS. For example, when the body is low on nutrients, it’s the ECS that makes us feel hungry. And once we’ve refueled, it makes us feel full. When we need rest, the ECS makes us feel sleepy. And when we’ve had enough rest, it wakes us up. When we’re in danger it puts us on edge. And when the danger passes it calms us back down. These are just a few examples of the vast variety of functions controlled by the ECS.

Cannabinoid receptors are most commonly found in the brain, nervous system, and immune system, but are also found in abundance in all major organs.

Some researchers believe that a number of common medical conditions may be the result of a condition known as endocannabinoid deficiency. These diseases include anxiety and depression, autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s disease and psoriasis, dysfunctions of the brain such as epilepsy, MS and Parkinsons, fibromyalgia, and many, many more.

Understandably, claims that CBD oil can be beneficial in treating such a vast array of conditions can make people skeptical. How can one compound treat so many diseases? But, as you can see, there is a good reason to believe that CBD oil may, indeed, be a useful tool in treating a variety of medical conditions. And there is abundant scientific research, clinical studies, and anecdotal evidence to back this up.

As a matter of fact, the evidence for the efficacy of CBD oil is so abundant and compelling that lawmakers in a majority of U.S. states have been convinced enough to defy the federal government’s prohibition of cannabis and implement medical cannabis programs which cover long lists of varied conditions. While some of these states have full-blown medical marijuana programs in place, others allow only low-THC, high-CBD cannabis oils. One such state where CBD is legal is Texas. But only to a few.

How To Buy CBD In Texas

how to buy CBD oil in TexasWell, fortunately for parents of children with epilepsy who were able to get a doctor to prescribe CBD for their child, there are several dispensaries in Texas that are open or will deliver. KNOX Medical, Surterra Wellness, and Compassionate Cultivation are three licensed dispensaries for the state.

For Texas parents that don’t wish to go through the daunting process of finding a doctor willing to prescribe CBD oil (as well as anyone else in Texas suffering from a hundred other medical conditions who wishes to buy CBD oil legally) CBD oil is really easy to procure.

There are, in fact, a vast number of websites which sell CBD oil which is legally produced in states which allow its production and sale. You could easily have a bottle of CBD oil, a bag of CBD-infused gummies or some CBD vape liquid additive sitting on your front doorstep within 24 hours.

Where to buy CBD online

There are numerous companies selling CBD oil online that will gladly ship their products to Texas residents. Here are a few of them.

CBD Pure

CBD FX

Diamond CBD

Where to buy CBD for Pets online

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