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The alcohol Breathalyzer came to life slowly, over the course of decades.

At a time when more than 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for either medical or recreational use, the U.S. surgeon general says no amount of the drug is safe for teens, young adults and pregnant women.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The illicit market for pot is hot in some states where weed is legal. We look at why.

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Natalie Fertig, federal cannabis policy reporter for Politico. (@natsfert)

When is it wrong to show cigarette smoking on television, but OK to depict people smoking cannabis products, particularly in programming popular among young teenagers?

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Advocates for medical and recreational marijuana in Texas said the state is hypocritical for opposing reforms while profiting off the industry.

Texas Department of Public Safety officers have been instructed not to arrest people with a misdemeanor amount of the suspected drug — less than 4 ounces in possession cases — if possible, according to an interoffice memo.
Shelby Knowles | The Texas Tribune

Texas’ largest law enforcement agency is moving away from arresting people for low-level marijuana offenses. It’s the latest development in the chaos that has surrounded pot prosecution after state lawmakers legalized hemp this year.

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The legalization of hemp in Texas had unintended consequences. Determining the difference between now legal hemp and still illegal marijuana requires technology that's both expensive and hard to come by, so most big-city prosecutors – including in Bexar County – are dropping low-level pot charges until the state comes up with a fix.


Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

A group of district attorneys this month announced they would not prosecute possession of marijuana cases until the state produced a test that differentiated between legal hemp and marijuana. But Gov. Greg Abbott and other state officials were not happy about that.

Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

District attorneys in Bexar, Harris, Fort Bend, and Nueces counties have agreed to not prosecute low-level marijuana arrests. But their new policies may lead to new complications. 

DEA

District attorneys in four Texas counties — including Bexar, Fort Bend, Harris and Nueces — signed an agreement to stop pursuing criminal charges for misdemeanor possessions of marijuana.

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