The Industrial Hemp Scandal in Texas

Todd Smith, a known political advisor to Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, was federally charged with theft and commercial bribery linked to taking cash in exchange for Texas hemp licenses that are passed out via Miller’s office, per Travis County district attorney José Garza earlier this week. Smith was booked in May, charged with receiving upwardsContinue reading “The Industrial Hemp Scandal in Texas”

Roars for O’Rourke Erupt behind Cannabis Reform in Texas

At a packed campaign rally held in downtown Austin, Beto O’Rourke thumped off his expected index of campaign promises: strengthening the power grid, wading back the state’s new permitless carry measure, and expanding the accessibility of health care. However, the El Paso Democrat garnered some of the loudest merriments of the evening when he pledgedContinue reading “Roars for O’Rourke Erupt behind Cannabis Reform in Texas”

EMS Workers No Longer Disqualified for Prior Cannabis Use

People registering as first responders in Austin, Texas, no longer need to reveal their prior cannabis use following the lobbying of advocates focusing on cannabis reform in Texas. In October, Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) changed the work policy after Texas NORML. The local EMS union noticed the matter and sent nearly 3,500 letters to CityContinue reading “EMS Workers No Longer Disqualified for Prior Cannabis Use”