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The number of people charged with misdemeanor marijuana crimes dramatically decreased in Galveston County during the last six months of 2019, after a state law change made it difficult for authorities to differentiate between illegal marijuana and legal hemp, according to the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Bailey Jones

Finally some good news.

Kelly Naschke

Decriminalize

Carlos Ponce

"Decriminalize" - CBD is already decriminalized. THC laden plants (marijuana) would not be good. THC has a lot of bad side effects. Decriminalizing would make it more available to younger people and that is not good. If you want marijuana go to a state where it is available but detoxify before you return to Texas. Those states do get tax money from sales but are besieged by a myriad of other problems. Funny there is a move against tobacco but move by stoners to decriminalize marijuana. Replacing one source of problems for another. And bringing up alcohol is a loser's argument.

Kelly Naschke

The only side effect of THC is that it makes you feel good....I know Dr’s, Lawyers, Financial Advisors, Polititians, LEO’s, Multi Millionaires, Business Owners, Professional Athlete’s, and plenty of just everyday folks that smoke pot....and have for Decades. Usually I agree with you Carlos, but in this case..you’re just flat wrong.

Carlos Ponce

"The only side effect of THC is that it makes you feel good...." No. I guess you never tried to teach a student high on marijuana. The side effects range from the mild: Dry Mouth/Cotton Mouth, Dry Eyes/Itchy Eyes/Red Eyes, Headaches/Lightheadedness/Dizziness to Increased Anxiety/Paranoia/Depression and Sleepiness/Lethargy.

https://www.marijuanabreak.com/thc-side-effects-tetrahydrocannabinol

Also documented are Hunger and “Munchies” and Impaired Memory.

https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/what-are-the-side-effects-of-high-thc-cannabis

Webmd notes the following: Cannabis might cause fast heartbeat and high blood pressure. It might also increase the risk of a having heart attack. Certain chemicals in cannabis can weaken the immune system. This might make it more difficult for the body to fight infections. Cannabis might increase the risk of an allergic reaction in people with allergies to foods like tomatoes, bananas, and citrus fruit. Cannabis use, especially frequent use, might increase the chance of getting depression. It can also worsen symptoms of depression and increase thoughts about suicide in those that already have depression. Cannabis use might make it harder to control blood sugar levels. Cannabis can make lung problems worse. Regular use over a period of years might increase the risk of lung cancer. Using cannabis might make symptoms of schizophrenia worse. Using cannabis after having a stroke might increase the risk of having a second stroke. Smoking cannabis can cause various breathing problems such as wheezing and coughing. Also, some reports suggest that smoking cannabis might cause air-filled cavities in the lungs. These air-filled cavities can cause symptoms such as chest pressure, soreness, and difficulty breathing. Smoking cannabis can also cause headache, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, and paranoid thinking. Smoking cannabis might also increase appetite, increase heart rate, change blood pressure, and impair mental functioning. Some reports suggest that smoking cannabis may also increase the risk of heart problems such as heart attack and abnormal heart rhythm. Regularly smoking large amounts of cannabis for a long time may cause CHS. etc.

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-947/cannabis

I feel good by being with friends and helping others.

Diane Turski

Stop wasting time and money on this nonsense and legalize marijuana as several other states have done!

Carlos Ponce

Why? Stoners can go to those states. The problems associated with legalization are not worth the trade off.

Carlos Ponce

Curious to know what Diane Turski thinks about those who smoke cigars, cigarettes and chew tobacco in her presence.

Jack Reeves

I don't smoke anything but, like Carlos, I don't understand why there are so many working to ban vaping and cigarettes while promoting the smoking of pot. Regular tobacco taxes are already a good source of income. I'm an ex cop and I'd much rather deal with a sober smoker than someone who is high. I can assure you that they aren't always so "mellow". Especially when you take their stash.

Jim Forsythe

State political parties

In June 2018, delegates at the Republican Party of Texas 2018 convention voted to approve a set of platform planks endorsing cannabis policy reform. Approved by the delegates were:

A plank calling for "a change in the law to make it a civil, and not a criminal, offense for legal adults only to possess one ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, punishable by a fine of up to $100, but without jail time" (passed with 81% of the vote).

A plank calling for the Texas Legislature to "improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to certified patients" (passed with 90% of the vote).

A plank calling for Congress to "remove cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 and move to Schedule 2" (passed with 82% of the vote).

A plank calling for the Texas Legislature to "pass legislation allowing cultivation, manufacture, and sale of industrial hemp and hemp products" (passed with 83% of the vote).

Delegates at the Texas Democratic Party 2018 convention also voted in June to approve a set of platform planks endorsing cannabis policy reform. Approved by the delegates were:

A plank calling for legislation in Texas to "legalize possession and use of cannabis and its derivatives and to regulate its use, production and sale as is successfully done in Colorado, Washington and other States".

Planks calling for the "immediate legalization of medical cannabis" and "federal legislation to remove cannabis as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance".

A plank calling for the "immediate release of individuals incarcerated for possession of cannabis and expungement of criminal records of persons convicted or receiving Deferred Adjudication for misdemeanor cannabis offenses".

A plank calling for the "legalization of hemp for agricultural purposes".

Kelly Naschke

Anything that’s available in states that have decriminalized is available right here....right now. Tax it and regulate it.

Bailey Jones

"Never mind, got to legalize it

And don't criticize it

Legalize it, yeah yeah

And I will advertise it"

It was legal 100 years ago and American was great. MAGA!

Fewer incarcerations, less money flowing to illegal drug cartels, frees up law enforcement for actual crime, less government interference, surveillance, intrusion, and regulation of Americans who just want to sit on the porch and relax after a long day at work. MAGA!

"Singers smoke it,

And players of instrument, too

Legalize it, yeah yeah

That's the best thing you can do"

Carlos Ponce

Looks like you never tried to teach a student high on marijuana, either, Bailey.

Bailey Jones

I'd have thought you'd have better sense than to teach while high, Carlos. Doesn't seem very Carlos-like. I'm disappointed - but also a little impressed.

Carlos Ponce

The student was high, Bailey, not me. I settle for the high of being with friends, helping others. I do not take drugs or drink to get high. People of strong moral character don't have to.

Bailey Jones

I've seen sobriety destroy too many good men - Donald Trump, Adolph Hitler, Frank Zappa... no Carlos, that's not the road for me...

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, you had the Security Officer take care of the student? If not, why not?

How long was the student expelled for?

What test did you use to determine that the student was high on marijuana ?

Carlos Ponce

His mother came to pick him up. Another student was arrested for possession and removed from school by her parents. etc. All were dealt with according to written procedure.

Carlos Ponce

"What test did you use to determine that the student was high on marijuana ?" The administration told me what they were on. Teachers do not administer "tests" for drugs. We just report aberrant behavior.

Bailey Jones

"Another student was arrested for possession and removed from school" i.e., another young life ruined by big government overreach.

Now imagine the same scenario with legal pot. The student gets suspended.

One of these outcomes is better than the other. By your own comments, criminalizing marijuana doesn't keep it out of the classroom - it just sends kids to jail.

Shall we make a list of everything kids shouldn't get their hands on and make them all illegal? Alcohol, tobacco, guns, cars, credit cards, matches, the right to vote...? High school kids are not the measure of freedom.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey doesn't get it. With arrests the other students realize it is not wise to bring it on campus or show up to school high. The cycle has to repeat itself every few years though. Stoners' memories are impaired.

Jim Forsythe

Did the students that mother came and got him go to jail, if not why not? It is against the law after all.

Carlos Ponce

She took him to the doctor for testing. After that he was withdrawn from school.

" jail, if not why not?" I was not told.

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