These Cannabis Bills Could Change Toking in Texas for Good

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Remember the first time you met that good old bill, who was just sitting on Capitol Hill? Yep, Schoolhouse Rock was the learning bomb, and it knew just how to explain complicated subjects with catchy little songs like "Conjunction Junction" and "Mother Necessity."

Well, those Schoolhouse Rockers may want to add a new cannabis-themed ditty to their repertoire, given all of the recent marijuana bills inundating lawmakers across the nation.
But if we may, we would like to suggest that this time, rather than the little bill sitting on Capitol Hill, the tune should take place in Texas.

After all, three new marijuana reform bills are being drafted under Marijuana Policy Project's multi-year legislative campaign in Texas. The first bill is aimed at decriminalization of marijuana in Texas, but MPP is hardly stopping there.

Rather, the three bills are stepping stones to the full monty, covering not only decriminalization but medical and recreational marijuana as well, which leaves all facets of legalization on the table for lawmakers to decide in the next legislative session.


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The Marijuana Biz Comes to Houston This Weekend

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Got a good pot product you want to pitch? Well, you're in luck. The Marijuana Investment Conference will be happening this weekend, and it will take place right in our fair city.

That's right -- the Bayou City is about to be home to quite a few weed deals, and unlike what's been happening under the table for years, these will all be quite legal.


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"Reeferendum": This Election Season's Most Confusing Political Ad Yet

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We - and, judging by the email, nearly every other newspaper in the state - got a very perplexing message in our inbox yesterday from a brand new political action group calling itself the "Medical and Personal Freedom PAC."

The message starts by pointing out how Texas feels mighty far behind on the marijuana-reform game. While recent polls say a majority of Texans want pot legalized in some way, there's questionable support for pot reform at the Legislature. A Washington- or Colorado-like referendum greeting Texas voters at the ballot box in the near future feels like a long shot.

BUT, according to the newly-formed pro-pot PAC: "...We could do it ourselves...We don't need no legislature ...We can roll our own reeferendum."

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Texas Man No Longer Faces Life in Prison for Pot Brownies

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Prosecutors have dropped first-degree felony charges against Jacob Lavoro, the Round Rock teenager who faced life in prison for running a small-time edibles operation.

Lavoro's case made national headlines in May after Round Rock police caught the 19-year-old with about a pound and a half of marijuana edibles, a container of THC, $1,600 in cash and an apparent client list.

Police had claimed Lavoro was running a low-level edibles operation, charging him with felony possession with intent to deliver, which carries a prison term between five and 99 years, a.k.a. life, in prison.


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Anonymous Tip Leads to Large Pot Bust in North Harris County

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An anonymous tip to the Harris County Sheriff's Office led deputies to a large marijuana grow operation in North Harris County on Tuesday, according to sheriff's officials.

Several marijuana grow areas were discovered in a wooded area off of I-45 N and Rankin Road, near a cemetery, after investigators used HCSO helicopter to pinpoint the location.

Deputies estimate that the fields -- four in total -- contained approximately 1,000 marijuana plants, which had grown between 2 and 4 feet high. The sheriff's office puts the plants' street value at about a half million dollars.

The seizure in North Harris County follows a number of other major marijuana busts in the region this month.

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Police Looking for Man in Pot Farm 'Selfie'

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Take this pot farm selfie as evidence that solo snapshots are always a bad idea.

Benigno Ramirez of Michoacan, Mexico, might be regretting his recent selfie right now, considering it has landed him at the center of the investigation into last week's $10 million marijuana farm bust in Fort Bend County.


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HPD Will Test Your Blood or Your Breath in 10-Day DWI Initiative

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Don't let this be you. HPD is pumping up the DWI watch for the July 4th week.
For the next ten days, the Houston Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. They gave it the catchy slogan "Don't Get 'Popped' During 4th of July Festivities," because nothing reminds you that Johnny Law is watching you like a snappy refrain about drunken/high driving.

Starting today and running through July 7, the initiative will stake out "various areas throughout the city." Yeah, we wish we had more specifics. Not so we can go drunk joy riding, but so, you know...to inform.

"Additional officers will be deployed at high-risk locations around the Houston area to conduct DWI enforcement efforts during times that alcohol-related crashes are most frequent," HPD said in a statement. We're going to assume this is during the after-work happy hour times, or during the after-after-after-party hours of 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.

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Congress Votes to End War on Medical Marijuana

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Medical marijuana patients, rejoice. The federal government is no longer in fear of your (state-legal) reefer.

Late last night, Congress voted to essentially end the federal war on medical marijuana by approving a measure that prohibits the Department of Justice -- which includes the DEA, by the way -- from spending federal funds to fight state laws on medical cannabis. This means that if a state has legalized medical marijuana, the medical marijuana dispensaries are no longer subject to the threat of raids by the federal government, and patients and providers are no longer subject to arrest.

"It's becoming clearer and clearer that marijuana prohibition's days are numbered," says Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, who has been lobbying for support of the measure since 2003.

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Now That We've Decided to Arm Fetuses, How Do We Get 'Em the Weapons They Need?

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Jesus friggin' Christ, guys.
It's been a few days since we checked in with Rep. Steve Stockman's belief that the only way to prevent abortions is to provide zygote Uzis and fetal firearms. You can apparently obtain one of his now-famous bumper stickers, pictured right, with a donation of only $10 to the Congressman's re-election camp. (As much as we'd like to, alas, journalistic ethics prevented us for asking for a bundle in exchange for all this free publicity we're sending Stockman's camp. Have to pay for them like the rest of you, unfortunately.)

Thankfully, the Internet has finally come through, with national pubs getting this Onion-inspired bumper sticker the play it deserves. I'm sure there's no amount of public shaming that will get Stockman to change his tune -- "If they're pissed, we're doing something right!" -- and we'll have to wait until 2014 to see if we'll get more blatula-strapped swag we can save for future generations.

In the meantime, we've attempted to cobble the 10 best Tweets from the past few days reacting to Stockman's grammar-challenged attempt at ... humor? rhetoric? evidence of the abject failure of the Detroit school system? Have a look-see, and tell me each wouldn't make a better bumper sticker along the way:

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Steve Stockman Wants Zygotes as Armed as the Rest of Us

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Arm 'em! Arm 'em to the baby teeth!
After vowing to impeach President Obama and inviting Ted Nugent to this year's State of the Union address, it's clear that Steve Stockman is just the gift that keeps on giving. And now, it seems it's your turn to give someone the gift that Steve Stockman, and the rest of the far-right loon-bin, can stand firmly behind.

According to Stockman's campaign Twitter feed -- the Congressman is up for reelection in 2014 -- there seems one logical solution to the issue of abortion that, forty years into its legalization, continues to bring moral ruin to the infanticidal maniacs sitting in Washington. Per a new bumper sticker released Thursday, the only way to keep the li'l zygotes from reaching fruition is to toss them some Colt .45s and let God sort 'em out.

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