marijuana http://kut.org en Austin City Council Calls for Legalizing Medical Marijuana http://kut.org/post/austin-city-council-calls-legalizing-medical-marijuana <p>The Austin City Council is calling on the Texas legislature to legalize medical marijuana. The council <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1210536-city-of-austin-resolution-on-medical-marijuana.html">passed this resolution Thursday</a>,&nbsp;sponsored by council members Bill Spelman and Mike Martinez, who's running for mayor. The resolution calls for the city to change its state legislative agenda to include support for "legislation to legalize the use of medical marijuana."</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:17:01 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10698 at http://kut.org Austin City Council Calls for Legalizing Medical Marijuana Marijuana: A Potential Cash Crop for Texas Farmers? http://kut.org/post/marijuana-potential-cash-crop-texas-farmers <p dir="ltr">Vanishing salmon and fields trashed by trespassers are the most common agricultural side effects of marijuana growth in California, experts there say. The idea agriculture commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman promotes of a hemp farming utopia brought on by the legalization of marijuana in Texas, they say, might be more pipe dream than reality.</p><p dir="ltr">"It is the green thread that weaves its way through all of our lives," Friedman said of marijuana during an interview with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith. "This is not about long-haired hippies smokin' dope. It is about the future of Texas."</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:13:30 +0000 Neena Satija, Texas Tribune 10083 at http://kut.org Marijuana: A Potential Cash Crop for Texas Farmers? WATCH: Gov. Rick Perry Talks Pot on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' in Austin http://kut.org/post/watch-gov-rick-perry-talks-pot-jimmy-kimmel-live-austin <p>Governor Rick Perry appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.</p><p>The talk show has relocated to Austin for the week of South by Southwest. Gov. Perry got a mix of cheers and boos when introduced. He hinted he may run again for president, saying “America is a great place for second chances.”</p><p>Perry and Kimmel also talked about efforts towards decriminalizing marijuana.</p><p>"For over a decade we’ve lowered the penalties," Perry told Kimmel. "We’re trying to be smart about it. You don’t want to ruin a kid’s life for having a joint.”</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:33:54 +0000 Laura Rice 9955 at http://kut.org WATCH: Gov. Rick Perry Talks Pot on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' in Austin Is Texas Ready to Get Kinky About Hemp? http://kut.org/post/texas-ready-get-kinky-about-hemp <p><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/02/12/is-texas-ready-to-get-kinky-about-hemp/">From StateImpact&nbsp;Texas:</a></p><p>He's run for office three times and lost. But here he is again, the novelist and troubadour that made a name for himself by turning country clichés into satiric social commentary, running for office. Richard "Kinky" Friedman (he got the nickname for his hair) is running as a Democrat for<a href="http://www.texasagriculture.gov/"> Agriculture Commissioner</a>, and he has a plan to make Texas "greener." He&nbsp;wants to make hemp and marijuana legal in Texas.</p><p>“I’m not a dope smoker, okay?” he says with a point of his trademark unlit cigar. “Except with Willie [Nelson]. More as a Texas&nbsp;etiquette&nbsp;kind of thing.” First, his argument for hemp, which is in the same family as marijuana but in its industrial form doesn’t have the medicinal or recreational uses of marijuana. Friedman argues that if cotton farmers in Texas were allowed to grow hemp instead, the trade-offs would be attractive.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134358891&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe><img alt="" src="https://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif" title="More..." /></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:25:37 +0000 Terrence Henry 9769 at http://kut.org Is Texas Ready to Get Kinky About Hemp? Which Texas Counties Disproportionately Arrest Blacks for Pot Possession? http://kut.org/post/which-texas-counties-disproportionately-arrest-blacks-pot-possession <p>Fifteen law enforcement agencies <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/709593-aclu-letter-to-law-enforcement.html#document/p2">across East Texas</a> are facing criticism for arresting African-Americans&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">on marijuana possession charges&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at rates much higher than whites. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Civil Liberties Union says <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/709594-aclu-press-release.html#document/p2">Van </a></span><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/709594-aclu-press-release.html#document/p2">Zandt</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/709594-aclu-press-release.html#document/p2"> County in particular </a>is among the worst offenders in the nation. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The ACLU of Texas says blacks make up less than three percent of the population in Van </span>Zandt<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County, but they account for three-quarters of all marijuana possession busts.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 23:53:01 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8034 at http://kut.org Which Texas Counties Disproportionately Arrest Blacks for Pot Possession? The Lead: AMD Sale-Lease Deal, Pot Bill Pending, STAAR Test http://kut.org/post/lead-amd-sale-lease-deal-pot-bill-pending-staar-test <p>Good morning!&nbsp;<a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1">Highs</a><a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Austin&amp;state=TX&amp;site=EWX&amp;textField1=30.267&amp;textField2=-97.743&amp;e=1"> in the mid-70’s</a> today bring perfect weather for <a href="http://sxsw.com/">South By Southwest</a> music fans.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: <a href="http://www.amd.com/us/Pages/AMDHomePage.aspx">Advanced Micro Devices</a> says it is selling its southwest Austin campus and leasing it back.&nbsp;AMD says it won’t affect operations, but it will free up about $164 million in cash.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:21:57 +0000 KUT Staff 6936 at http://kut.org The Lead: AMD Sale-Lease Deal, Pot Bill Pending, STAAR Test State Lawmakers Consider Reducing Pot Possession Penalty http://kut.org/post/state-lawmakers-consider-reducing-pot-possession-penalty <p>The penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Texas would be reduced under a proposal being examined today by state lawmakers.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB184">House Bill 184</a>, by State Representative <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/harold-dutton-jr/">Harold Dutton</a> (D-Houston), would make possession of less than an ounce of pot the equivalent of a traffic violation, a Class C Misdemeanor. And, like a traffic violation, the police officer would issue a fine and let the person go. The fine would be $500, no possibility of jail time.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:37:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6917 at http://kut.org State Lawmakers Consider Reducing Pot Possession Penalty Hemp Gets The Green Light In New Colorado Pot Measure http://kut.org/post/hemp-gets-green-light-new-colorado-pot-measure With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado, small-scale pot shops will open up soon in places like Denver and Boulder. But that's not the only business that could get a boost: Large-scale commercial farmers may also be in line to benefit.<p>Why? When Colorado voters legalized marijuana last November, they also legalized hemp.<p>As plants, marijuana and hemp look related, and they are. But while marijuana is bred to get its users high, hemp is all business — grown for food and other everyday uses. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:20:43 +0000 6360 at http://kut.org Hemp Gets The Green Light In New Colorado Pot Measure Will Marijuana Laws in Other States Prompt Change in Texas? http://kut.org/post/will-marijuana-laws-other-states-prompt-change-texas <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">A veteran lawmaker hopes actions taken by state legislatures in Washington and Colorado will pave the way for Texas policymakers to consider a bill that hasn’t been heard in committee in nearly a decade.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:33:00 +0000 Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune 6328 at http://kut.org Will Marijuana Laws in Other States Prompt Change in Texas? Obama: 'We've Got Bigger Fish to Fry' Than Going After Pot Smokers http://kut.org/post/obama-weve-got-bigger-fish-fry-going-after-pot-smokers It looks like the feds will not be worrying much about those folks who choose to smoke pot in Colorado and Washington state, where <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/12/05/166583697/as-two-states-legalize-pot-tommy-chong-isnt-nostalgic-about-the-old-days" target="_blank">new laws decriminalize</a> possession of small amounts of marijuana.<p>"We've got bigger fish to fry," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/president-obama-marijuana-users-high-priority-drug-war/story?id=17946783#.UMs4c6Dn_XU" target="_blank">President Obama tells ABC News' Barbara Walters</a> during an Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:44:39 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5911 at http://kut.org Obama: 'We've Got Bigger Fish to Fry' Than Going After Pot Smokers Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws? http://kut.org/post/will-us-try-snuff-out-state-marijuana-laws The Justice Department has a big decision to make.<p>Parts of new laws in Colorado and Washington that legalize small amounts of recreational marijuana will take effect early next month. The Obama administration needs to choose whether it will sue to stop the legislation or let those states go their own way — even though the drug remains illegal under federal law.<p>Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, says the message he got from voters is unambiguous.<p>"Our voters want marijuana to be regulated, like alcohol," Hickenlooper said at a recent news conference. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:02:54 +0000 Carrie Johnson, NPR 5694 at http://kut.org Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws? Austin Police More Likely To Bust African-Americans For Pot (Updated) http://kut.org/post/austin-police-more-likely-bust-african-americans-pot-updated <p>http://kut.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/APD-Marijuana-Cases-Race.mp3</p><p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;The Texas Civil Rights Project&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/518347-texas-civil-rights-project-letter.html">wrote this letter&nbsp;</a>to&nbsp;APD&nbsp;yesterday, requesting an explanation of its disproportionate pot busts within ten business days. Citing the statistics in the story below, project director Jim Harrington writes, “These facts raise serious questions, at least, as to whether APD officers are doing racial profiling or consistently exercising their discretion in favor of whites and against African Americans.”</p><p><strong>Original Post </strong>(Nov. 10, 1:39 p.m.): Despite Austin’s progressive reputation, smoking marijuana in this city can still get you in trouble with the law. And data from the Austin Police Department shows that is more likely to happen if you are African-American.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:26:01 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5603 at http://kut.org Austin Police More Likely To Bust African-Americans For Pot (Updated) Reps. Ron Paul, Barney Frank Ask Obama To Respect Pot Legalization Laws http://kut.org/post/ron-paul-barney-frank-ask-obama-respect-pot-legalization-laws Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.) are asking the White House to respect the voters of Colorado and Washington, who decided that recreational marijuana use should be legal.<p>In a letter sent to President Obama, they wrote:<p><blockquote><p>"We have sponsored legislation at the federal level to remove criminal penalties for the use of marijuana because of our belief in individual freedom. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 22:15:15 +0000 5640 at http://kut.org Reps. Ron Paul, Barney Frank Ask Obama To Respect Pot Legalization Laws In Austin, 1 in 4 Pot Busts Doesn’t Lead to Arrest http://kut.org/post/austin-1-4-pot-busts-doesn-t-lead-arrest <p>http://kut.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Bernier-APD-Marijuana-Arrests-vs-Citations.mp3</p><p>Voters in Colorado and Washington state <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/pot-initiatives-pass-colorado-and-washington-mexico-may-reconsider-drug-policy">elected this week to legalize marijuana for recreational use</a>. In Texas, the drug remains very much illegal. But a state law passed five years ago has resulted in thousands of people in Travis County avoiding arrest when they’re busted with small amounts of pot.</p><p>Back in 2007, <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jerry-madden/">State Representative Jerry Madden</a> (R-Plano) <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=80R&amp;Bill=HB2391">authored a bill</a> to give police officers the option to cite and release someone caught with less than four ounces of marijuana.&nbsp;</p><p>“The reason for that was to save costs for some of our [police] departments, so that they had more people that would be available on the streets, instead of taking the time to bring very low-level offenders in and book them,” Madden said. “They were going to be released very shortly anyway.”</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:45:22 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5585 at http://kut.org In Austin, 1 in 4 Pot Busts Doesn’t Lead to Arrest As Pot Initiatives Pass in Colorado and Washington, Mexico May Reconsider Drug Policy http://kut.org/post/pot-initiatives-pass-colorado-and-washington-mexico-may-reconsider-drug-policy <p>The head of incoming Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's transition team says that Mexico may re-evaluate its policies regarding marijuana export to the United States.</p><p>Currently, Mexico works with the United States to discourage the growing of pot within Mexico, and to prevent its shipment across the border to the United States.</p><p>But today Luis Videgaray, a top aid to&nbsp;Peña Nieto, characterized <a href="http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2012/11/08/29228/colorado-and-washington-legalized-recreational-mar/">votes by Colorado and Washington</a> to legalize marijuana use and personal cultivation as a game changer.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/8/mexico-reconsider-smuggling-new-pot-laws-colo-wash/"><em>Washington Times </em>reports</a> that in remarks to a Mexico City radio station, Videgaray said that "obviously we can't handle a product that is illegal in Mexico, trying to stop its transfer to the United States, when in the United States, at least in part of the United States, it now has a different status."</p><p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 22:16:38 +0000 Mark Dewey 5586 at http://kut.org As Pot Initiatives Pass in Colorado and Washington, Mexico May Reconsider Drug Policy Poll: One-Third of Texans Favor Legalizing Marijuana http://kut.org/post/poll-one-third-texans-favor-legalizing-marijuana <p>Thirty-three percent of likely voters and the same percentage of all Texans support legalizing and marijuana, according to a new poll conducted by University of Texas researchers and sponsored by the Texas Lyceum.</p><p>&ldquo;One-third is more support than I would have predicted for it,&rdquo; pollster and UT-Austin professor Darren Shaw told KUT News. &ldquo;It either says something about the subtlety of opinion in Texas, or it says something about how significant the budget crunch is now.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:35:22 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1711 at http://kut.org Poll: One-Third of Texans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Texas Bans Marijuana-Like Substances K2, Spice http://kut.org/post/texas-bans-marijuana-substances-k2-spice <p>The Texas Department of State Health Services waited until <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420_%28cannabis_culture%29#April_20_observances">the day most marijuana users celebrate the drug</a> to announce it is banning products that simulate cannabis. In a <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20110420.shtm">news release posted on its website</a>, DSHS said it is banning substances found in products like K2 and Spice, effective this Friday, April 22.</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:52:25 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1268 at http://kut.org Texas Bans Marijuana-Like Substances K2, Spice APD Says 39 Pounds Of Marijuana Sent By US Mail To 2 Austin Addresses http://kut.org/post/apd-says-39-pounds-marijuana-sent-us-mail-2-austin-addresses <p>Police say they seized 39 pounds of "high quality" marijuana that was shipped to two separate addresses in Austin. The bust was conducted by an APD K-9 unit, an APD SWAT team, and United States Postal Inspectors.&nbsp; You can see a slideshow of the alleged haul below.</p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:13:07 +0000 Nathan Bernier 692 at http://kut.org APD Says 39 Pounds Of Marijuana Sent By US Mail To 2 Austin Addresses Medical Marijuana Is A Long Shot This Legislative Session http://kut.org/post/medical-marijuana-long-shot-legislative-session <p>While states like California and Washington debate the merits of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, Texas State Rep. <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=49">Elliot Naishtat</a> (D-Austin) couldn't even get a hearing on his conservative medical pot bill. Naishat's proposal wouldn't legalize marijuana, but it would permit judges and juries not to send legitimately sick people to jail if they're caught puffing weed on the advice of a doctor.</p> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 18:45:08 +0000 Nathan Bernier 492 at http://kut.org Medical Marijuana Is A Long Shot This Legislative Session