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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 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 […]
October 1, 2020

Seminar: Best Practices for Hemp in Texas (11/5/20)

Thursday, November 5th, 2020 and Noon Join Informed Texas for this educational, online seminar on Best Practices for Hemp in Texas. As Texas progresses through our inaugural hemp season, education on the burgeoning market is imperative. Our guests presenters will cover: The State of Hemp in Texas Sustainable Cultivation and Cultivar Selection Harvesting  Processing / Packaging / Distributing Application and Reporting Process Current Research in Texas  Register today! After the tutorial airs on 11/5/20 at noon, it will be available for on-demand replay so that you can watch at your leisure. Speakers will be: Taylor Kirk – Horticulture Service Specialist David D. Baltensperger, Ph.D – Agrilife Professor and Head of the Department Susan Hays – Lawyer, Advocate, and Crisis Manager Travis Higginbotham Co-Owner, Sales & Business […]
September 28, 2020

Video: Texas Marijuana Policy Workshop

Learn from our Advocacy Workshop! This virtual event is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals who want to effectively advocate for cannabis in Texas. This online training covers: Cannabis 101 Texas Hemp Program  Federal Policy  Texas Compassionate Use Program  Decriminalization  Legalization  Political Timeline Preparing for the Legislative Session  (Download Slide Deck PDF) Please make a donation to support our mission! Resource Links: (Download PDF) Cannabis 101: The Endocannabinoid System Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis & Cannabinoids How Cannabis Works One Pager Federal Policy: RESchedule vs DEschedule Controlled Substance Act Restricting DOJ Funding  JAMA Perspectives on Cannabis Research—Barriers and Recommendations Research Restraints VA Directive  Current Federal Policy and Action Alerts  Hemp:  2018 Farm Bill Analysis  Declassification of Hemp in Texas Texas Department of Agriculture Hemp Farming Rules  Texas […]