Blog (Expert Opinion) – Foundation for an Informed Texas
November 24, 2020

Texas Medical Cannabis Symposium — A CME and Policy Day (1/9/21)

The Association of Cannabis Specialists (ACS) is pleased to host the first Texas Medical Cannabis Symposium. Join ACS and get a comprehensive overview of the medicine, science, and policy issues facing practitioners, with reference to current Texas policy. This 5 hour, virtual event will feature presentations from the most notable experts and experienced cannabis specialists, including Mike Tagen Ph.D., Jordan Tishler M.D., Stacia Woodcock Pharm.D., and Julia Arnsten M.D. Symposium participants will hear the following topics and have an opportunity to ask the experts questions in a moderated question and answer session.  Endocannabinoid system 101 Medical Cannabis overview CBD pharmacokinetics Cannabis Research Science on Pain/Opioid Reduction Medical Cannabis Policy Choices Patient Experiences Register today! This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements […]
November 22, 2020

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. Make a tax-deductible gift today to Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT), whose educational mission covers providing Texans with knowledge about cannabis, the biological mechanisms, the physiological aspects and socio-economic impacts through tools and resources such as seminars, trainings, and on-line resources. Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together.  Make a one time donation or become a sustaining donor we can rely on during the the 2021 Legislative Session and beyond. Thank you for participating […]
November 22, 2020

Shop with Purpose on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

As our team continues to educate and empower Texans, we wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to support the educational efforts of the Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT) while shopping on Amazon. Through the AmazonSmile program, a small percentage of every purchase you make on Amazon will be donated to a charity you select. Please select FIT as your preferred charity before you do all your Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping. You can set it up quickly and easily by going to Smile.Amazon.com and entering Foundation for an Informed Texas as your designated charity.  The program is operated by Amazon, so the shopping experience is exactly the same — except that 0.5% of the price of each product you purchase on Amazon will […]
November 13, 2020

Texas Marijuana Policy Conference (Nov 20&21)

​Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy hosts the third annual Texas Marijuana Policy Conference​! Hemp has been legalized at the state and federal levels, but Texas still denies patient access to medical cannabis and tens of thousands are being arrested annually for marijuana possession. Speakers​ include state lawmakers, researchers, medical professionals, industry leaders, and advocates!​ We are excited to have several Texas NORML board members participating.  Carlos Caro, Secretary for Informed Texas, and Wendy Askew MD, Medical Director for Informed Texas, will participate in the panel Cops, Docs, and Clergy: Lasting Impacts of Marijuana Criminalization on Friday, the 20th at 11am. Jax Finkel, Executive Director of Texas NORML, will moderate a panel on Cannabis Testing in Texas​ on Friday, the 20th at 11am. Nishi Whiteley, Resource Director for Informed Texas, will be hosting a workshop on Responsible Cannabis Consumption​ […]
October 19, 2020

Report: Fiscal Benefits of a Taxed and Regulated Cannabis Market in Texas

Vicente Sederberg LLP released a report on “The Fiscal Benefits of a Taxed and Regulated Cannabis Market in Texas”. The report covers effective tax rates vs prohibitive rates, number of potential consumers, estimated sales per customer, job growth, fee revenue and more. Read the report in full. Takeaways: Number of potential Texas consumers (21+ years): 1,557,629 Estimated yearly sales per customer: $1,730 Estimated yearly total cannabis sales for Texas is $2,694,698,170 Estimated biennium tax revenue of more than $1.1 billion dollars Estimated new jobs: 20,000 – 40,000 Potential license fee revenue for Texas: $10 Million Per Year Estimated $311 million per year in savings by ending misdemeanor arrests and prosecutions for low-level cannabis possession offenses As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Texas has to re-evaluate […]