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The Bexar County Crime Lab will begin testing suspected illegal cannabis in March. 

For Hemp To Work, Farmers Want Rules That Fit Reality

Jan 23, 2020

From Texas Standard:

Although there’s no shortage of people in Texas planning to get into the hemp industry, many of them have serious concerns about how it will be regulated. There is no regulation right now because it’s been illegal to grow hemp in Texas for almost 100 years.

Water and wildlife in the nation's public forests are slowly being poisoned by insecticides and other chemicals used in illegal marijuana operations, say forest police and researchers. They warn that the potential environmental damage could last generations.

Many of the grows are the work of highly organized drug cartels that take advantage of the forests' thick canopy to help hide their operations. Some sites go undetected for years.

A new guideline from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises pregnant women to stay away from marijuana as cannabis use during pregnancy is on the rise.

Marijuana is starting to feel like the new normal. In less than 25 years, it’s gone from illicit drug to accepted medical treatment in more than half the country. And now cannabis is legal recreationally in 11 states and Washington, D.C.

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.

Guests

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.

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