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August 13, 2019

Texas Marijuana Policy Conference – Policy, Advocacy and Industry meet in Austin

The primary focus of this year’s Texas Marijuana Policy Conference is to share information and rally action to advance more sensible and compassionate laws in our state. This year, in addition to powerful keynote speakers, we will host three breakout plenaries focusing on policy, advocacy, and industry. Register now to secure your tickets, including opportunities to bundle and save on your conference registration and hotel room reservation! (The hotel discount expires the night of Thursday the 15th, so please don’t wait!)Here is just some of the content you can expect at this conference over Labor Day weekend: Breakout Sessions Legal and Scientific Issues in Increasing Medical Cannabis Research Sue Sisley, MD (Lead Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute) Shane Pennington (Attorney, Yetter Coleman LLP) Matthew Zorn (Attorney, Yetter Coleman LLP) Investing […]
August 2, 2019

Texas Laws: Hemp, Banking and Marijuana Possession

Since the Texas Hemp Farming Act (HB 1325) took effect on June 10th, there has been a lot of conversation around what is actually legal in the interim before the program takes full effect as well as how these changes affect law enforcement’s ability to arrest and prosecute low level marijuana possession. This has led to confusion amongst the public. We have compiled recent letters, memos and more from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Texas Department of Banking (TDB), the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an effort to help bring some clarity to this complicated issue. We will lay out […]
July 30, 2019

Texas Marijuana Policy Conference: Early Bird pricing ends 7/31 at midnight!

Our three-day conference will offer presentations from policy and industry leaders to help attendees better understand and navigate the new legal climate. Check out some of our amazing confirmed speakers like Representative Eddie Lucio, III and Dr Sue Sisley! We will also be focused on opportunities and our path forward to ensure more meaningful policy changes when the legislature meets again in 2021. Register now! Early bird rates end on Wednesday, July 31st at midnight. In addition to policy and advocacy discussions surrounding decriminalization, medical cannabis, and hemp, we’ll feature a track of cannabis business sessions geared toward entrepreneurs, market watchdogs, and investors. Several of our sessions will qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys (application pending). Sponsorship spots still available for the conference. Join these organizations in showcasing your company […]
July 19, 2019

The Big Three and AG: Official Statement on Prosecuting for Hemp Possession

Yesterday, the Governor, Lt Governor, Speaker of the House and Attorney General issued a joint letter regarding the prosecution for possession of marijuana and hemp. The letter directly addresses Texas District and County Attorneys who have recently dismissed marijuana possession cases and/or announced that they will not prosecute misdemeanor marijuana possession cases without a lab test. In the letter, they claim that “these actions demonstrate a misunderstanding of how H.B. 1325 works.” They go on to lay out the differences in the definition for hemp and marijuana and the new regulation that are being enacted to legally grow hemp products in Texas. The letter says that all marijuana laws are still on the books and enforceable. They go on to layout a new charge that DAs […]
June 24, 2019

Analysis: New Hemp and Medical Cannabis Laws

The 86th Legislative Session saw a record number of marijuana related bills filed in both the House and the Senate. There were some important advancements, powerful hearings, and a few disappointments this year. Here is what has been signed by the Governor: Create Industrial Hemp Program (HB 1325) – HB 1325 passed with unanimous support in the House and Senate. The Governor signed this bill into statue on June 10th, 2019. The regulatory process will now begin. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will have 60 days to establish and send rules and regulations to the US government for approval. As stated by a TDA representative during the Senate hearing, it is expected that cultivation licenses will be granted by the end of 2019 and crops […]