Category: Texas

Democratic Candidate for District Attorney Kim Ogg announces plan regarding low-level marijuana offenders in Harris County

Candidate Ogg’s ‘G.R.A.C.E. Program’ will divert low-level marijuana offenders away from harsh criminal penalties. RAMP supports an open dialogue about marijuana criminal penalties during the election season. (Houston, TX) – RAMP supports an open dialogue about criminal penalties for marijuana possession, furthered today by Democratic Candidate for District Attorney Kim Ogg’s announcement about her proposed […]

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Intricacies of the Jacob Lavoro Case, Teen Facing Life for Pot Brownies

Jacob Lavoro is a Texas teen who was allegedly found in possession of hash-oil infused brownies and raw marijuana inside his home. Prosecutors in Williamson County have yet to indict Lavoro, but he is facing a felony possession charge of over 400 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance, which carries a prison sentence […]


Rice University’s Baker Institute and Texas Monthly host panel discussion on medical marijuana and PTSD

Dr. William Martin, Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute, participated in a panel discussion with State Senator Joan Huffman, Dr. Neeraj Shah, Maj. (Ret.) David Bass, and moderated by Brian Sweany, senior executive editor of Texas Monthly. The topic was pulled from the pages of the June issue of […]

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Major Headway for Marijuana Reform at the Texas State GOP Convention

The Republican Party of Texas voted against adopting language into the party platform to support allowing for the medical use of cannabis prescribed by a doctor. We expected this to happen and we consider the floor debate a major success. The entire delegation of almost 10,000 delegates listened to arguments in favor of allowing patients […]

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Texas voters will push for marijuana legalization by 2019

This article was originally featured as part of the Baker Institute Viewpoints series. Following the legalization of retail marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington, and medical marijuana in 22 states with more to follow, marijuana legalization appears inevitable — even in “law and order” states such as Texas. The question is no longer if Texas […]

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