As several states have eased up on punishments for marijuana possession and expanded its legal use, Texas lawmakers are proposing changes to its marijuana laws that could decrease the number of criminal drug charges. Texas is known for having strict marijuana laws:
Possessing any amount of marijuana weighing 2 oz. or less is a Class B misdemeanor, which can result in up to 180 days in prison and a $2,000 fine.
Texas passed a 2015 law that gives medical patients access to use low-THC cannabis, but physicians can only prescribe it to patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy.
Lawmakers have presented more than a dozen marijuana-related bills in the Texas legislature, but two are getting the most attention. They are a long way from being voted on and will face opposition from conservatives in the legislature. However, advocates for marijuana law reform hope the bills will at least continue the conversation towards eventual changes.
When you are charged and convicted of a DWI or DUI, there are certain limitations imposed by the state. One obvious alteration is the loss of unlimited driving privileges, in some cases. Did you also know that a DUI on your record can prevent you from traveling to other countries? For some, a travel ban puts a damper on their holiday travel dreams. For others, this can be a massive disruption to their work productivity.
Throughout the United States, if you have been convicted of a DUI and have taken care of it legally, you typically can travel across borders to other states. Although the United States is becoming increasingly progressive through its laws, not all countries feel the same way. Therefore, even if the law locally is a misdemeanor or you can retain certain privileges due to your circumstances, constituents can deny access. In some of these countries, if you have had one DUI for either alcohol or drugs, you are unable to enter the country for ten years. Frequently traveled countries follow these current guidelines:
As the summer and political heat reaches its peak, perhaps evoking a history challenge may be a cooler diversion. If asked, what are the two most popular amendments of the United States Constitutional Bill of Rights, a gambling man (or woman) may answer, the First and Second Amendments. Of course, there are a number of others that are just as important to protecting the rights of Americans, especially those who have been accused of a crime.
Basic Civil Rights
As our forefathers provided futuristic insight as to the importance of each amendment, the First Amendment protects our fundamental rights of conscience allowing for the right of expression without public or governmental interference. While not unlimited, these rights represent the bedrock of American liberty.
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