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Texas Tribune

Analysis: Texas culture warriors got a lot to work with last week
Texas Tribune
Public opinion on marijuana laws is shifting, to be sure, but that shift is happening at different speeds in different cultural pockets. In a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll in February 2017, 17 percent of Texans said marijuana should not be …

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Bradenton Herald

Backers of easing medical marijuana laws target rural Texas
Bradenton Herald
Proponents of loosening marijuana prohibitions in the state are mounting a concerted effort to take their message to West Texas and other predominantly rural regions of the state. That’s because they concluded in the wake of last year’s legislative …

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Dallas News

Texas man gets 10 years in prison after officials say his attempt to hide 180 pounds of pot ‘really didn’t work’
Dallas News
When he was pulled over in June 2017 on Interstate 10, Guzman had marijuana on the front seat and floorboard of a 2009 Nissan Rogue. Officers also noticed a strong scent of laundry detergent in the car and thought the man could be using the soapy odor …

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Texas Public Radio

Backers of Easing Texas Medical Marijuana Laws Target Rural Areas
Insurance Journal
Proponents of loosening marijuana prohibitions in the state are mounting a concerted effort to take their message to West Texas and other predominantly rural regions of the state. That’s because they concluded in the wake of last year’s legislative …
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Chron.com

Houston family’s ‘perfect home’ turned out to be a former marijuana grow house
Chron.com
A Houston family is embroiled in a legal battle with the previous owners of their home after they discovered their house was once used to grow large amounts of marijuana. The home on Willow Wind Lane was everything Vinnie and Monique Nguyen were …

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Houston Chronicle

Texas’ dopey rules on medical marijuana need a rewrite [Editorial]
Houston Chronicle
Our state has legalized one type of medical cannabis for a limited range of patients. Three years ago, lawmakers passed and the governor signed a historic piece of legislation making Texas the 29th state permitting doctors to prescribe this drug. But …

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The veterans and advocates taking part in the Memorial Day Veterans Rally DC hope to change the stigma that surrounds cannabis, the preferred term for marijuana among advocates, by arguing that this alternative medicine is already helping some vets treat issues like PTSD, chronic pain and depression — all without the use of dangerous & addictive prescription drugs like opioids. One of their rallying cries is “plants over pills,” and they’re not just coming from the usual legal pot hot-spots like Colorado.

The speakers are traveling from places as far west as Alaska, as far south as Texas, and as far north as New England to support the cause, and to share their stories of how legal marijuana helped ease their pain, alleviate symptoms of PTSD, and even get back into the workforce. Among those scheduled to speak are one of the first responders to the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, the mother of a 24-year-old Marine who took his own life after battling PTSD, and the owner of a veteran-operated cannabis company dedicated to “medical cannabis for military veterans.”

Beyond a lack of access in all 50 states, advocates say one of the biggest problems is that veterans are forced to pay for this alternative treatment out of pocket, despite what they say are life-saving results. That’s due to Department of Veterans Affairs regulations which stipulate VA doctors still cannot prescribe medicinal marijuana to patients, despite the fact that they are allowed to “discuss marijuana use with veterans as part of comprehensive care planning.”

“It is clear that medical research into the safety and efficacy of cannabis usage for medical purposes is timely, necessary, and widely supported by the veteran community.”

– Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn

THE VA GETS INVOLVED IN LEGAL WEED

That could soon change, and advocates may wind up having the VA to thank for it. Earlier this month, Congress passed a bill making the Department of Veterans affairs the first federal agency to conduct research into the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis. The lack of federal research has been one of the biggest issues in the debate over the potential benefits of legal cannabis, medicinal or otherwise.

The Veterans Affairs Medicinal Cannabis Research Act of 2018 was pushed over

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SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, Texas (KTHV) – The San Augustine County Sheriff Department confiscated approximately 250 lbs of marijuana from the cab of a …
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Texas CBD Maker Compassionate Cultivation Named to Austin’s 2018 A-List
Cannabis Business Times
“It’s so gratifying for Compassionate Cultivation to be here with some of the most innovative businesses in Austin,” said CEO Morris Denton. “We’re charting a new course in Texas, and this award further legitimizes how the medical cannabis industry …

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Westword

Buds and Beats: With Cannabis, Brittany Greer DJs and Avoids Alcohol
Westword
Brittany Greer developed a drinking problem while growing up in a small town in Texas, struggling to find herself until moving to Austin and using cannabis to embrace her creative side. Greer, 28, now lives in Denver, where her access to the plant …

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