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Montgomery County DA Releases Statement On HB1325

Montgomery County DA Releases Statement On HB1325

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~ 2 weeks, 3 days ago   Jul 02 2019, 1:30pm 
 
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office will not be joining those Texas prosecutors who have prematurely announced limitations on the acceptance of new marihuana cases as the result of the passage of House Bill 1325.
 
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"While that legislation will eventually permit state officials to issue licenses for hemp cultivation and the production of certain hemp products, it is important to note that those agencies must first promulgate rules and regulations to govern the licensing process and the regulation of the hemp industry. At this point no licenses have been issued and no legal hemp is being grown in this State.
 
It is also important to note that the legislation expressly prohibits the issuance of licenses for the production of hemp products intended for smoking or vaping.
 
Even after licenses are issued, legal hemp growers and transporters will be required to maintain and produce appropriate paperwork authorizing their activities. With appropriate training and experience, law enforcement officers should have no difficulty developing probable cause to believe that an individual possesses marihuana intended for smoking, rather than lawfully cultivated hemp.
 
When a peace officer has developed probable cause to believe that an individual unlawfully possesses marihuana, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office will continue to accept and file appropriate criminal charges. And this office will continue to dispose of marihuana cases utilizing appropriate plea bargains and pretrial diversion programs.
 
It is true that there will be, for some undetermined period of time, a shortage of laboratories capable of determining the THC concentration of hemp and marihuana, and distinguishing lawful hemp from unlawful marihuana containing a THC concentration of more than 0.3 percent. But the anticipated delays in disposing of those few cases in which individuals persist in pleading not guilty do not justify prosecutors' abdication of their responsibility to enforce the criminal laws of Texas.
 
This office will not use the anticipated problems in implementing the new legislation as a pretext to achieve the policy goal of ending prosecution of marihuana cases, particularly after the recent failure of all legislative efforts to decriminalize or reduce the penalties for possession of marihuana.
 
Sincerely,
 
BRETT W. LIGON"
 
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For information on House Bill 1325, visit legiscan.com/TX/bill /HB1325/2019
 
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Author Photo Sweeper Active Indicator LED Icon New Member
~ 2 weeks, 2 days ago   Jul 03 2019, 11:37am 
I agree 110% 😊
 
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Author Photo Jamesleighjr Active Indicator LED Icon New Member
~ 2 weeks, 2 days ago   Jul 03 2019, 12:35pm 
@NewCaneyDotCom : Thank you for treating it like the poison that it is just the mad reactions from the people who smoke that crap on a daily basis shows it causes psychosis in people I watched it turn someone I cared about into a psychopath and I sure don't want liberals taking a dump on my property because they are high and homeless great job you crybabies need to go to a legal marijuana state and see for yourself the danger of dabs marijuana extract something that needs to be classified as a controlled substance and shame on you parents teaching your children that getting High is ok 👌 they will be the next group of homelessness in America
 
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Author Photo FullC Active Indicator LED Icon New Member
~ 1 week, 6 days ago   Jul 05 2019, 6:20pm 
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This is in Texas. We are way behind the times.
 
But many think nothing of being drunk by noon.
Alcohol is the real drug.
 
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