As you may recall, last August, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) adopted an administrative rule banning in-state retail sales of smokable hemp products (including CBD vape cartridges). Since then, hemp industry leaders have been fighting back with a lawsuit against the State of Texas!
Attorneys in the case have argued that DSHS does not have the rule-making authority to ban retail sales of this LEGAL product. A temporary injunction has been in place for months, keeping the state from enforcing their arbitrary rule. This morning the 261st Civil District Court will hear from both sides. Judge Lora Livingston’s ruling in this case will either uphold or strike down the rule. WATCH LIVE!
Here’s some background info: http://www.texasmarijuanapolicy.org/2020/05/14/texas-cbd-ban-retail-sales/
There’s also a legislative hearing happening today on penalty reduction for marijuana possession.
House Committee Hearing: Marijuana Penalty Reduction
(Happening at or after 2pm.)
Later today, the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will host a hearing for HB 1086, Rep. Moody’s proposal to adjust weight limits and penalties for possession of larger amounts of marijuana (among other changes to the prison system).
The hearing will begin at 2pm (or whenever the House adjourns for the day). If you support this bill, you can testify in person or click here to submit written comments electronically. A live video broadcast of this hearing will be available here.
Virtual Lobby Day is next Monday. Let’s make a big impact!
It’s a two-part event, with orientation on Sunday, March 28 and Virtual Lobby Day on Monday, March 29. Learn more and register for orientation to participate in Lobby Day.