Tuesday, July 23, 2019


NEW HEMP LAW RESULTS IN TEXAS DA'S DROPPING THOUSANDS OF MARIJUANA CASES, AS THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING COUNTIES GROW

"EL PASO, Texas - Texas Republican leaders are urging state district and county attorneys to continue enforcing marijuana laws, a move that follows big city prosecutors’ decision to drop pot possession cases amid confusion surrounding a new law legalizing hemp."

"The prosecutors' reasoning: The Legislature and Abbott redefined marijuana when they legalized hemp earlier this year — and a lack of testing resources to distinguish between the two casts too much reasonable doubt over criminal proceedings."

"Even Republican district attorneys in large counties are dropping hundreds of cases and not pursuing new low-level marijuana charges because current crime lab equipment can’t distinguish between hemp and marijuana."

" Now, the definition only pertains to cannabis that contains more than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces a high. Anything less is hemp.

Most crime labs in Texas, including the 13 run by the Texas Department of Public Safety, can’t measure the quantity of THC, making law enforcement unable to distinguish between hemp and marijuana, especially when it comes to things like gummies and oils."
The DA's who will continue to prosecute will do it on circumstantial evidence since the lab work is either too costly or cannot be done.  You see the Republicans forced the issue of testing of hemp plants before it can be grown and now what we have is an unintended consequence.  

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