This Year, Texas Passed a Law Legalizing Hemp. It Also Has Prosecutors Dropping Hundreds of Marijuana Cases
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This Year, Texas Passed a Law Legalizing Hemp. It Also Has Prosecutors Dropping Hundreds of Marijuana Cases

The new law changed the definition of marijuana, and prosecutors and crime labs say they don't have the resources to test if a substance is legal hemp or marijuana.

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July 5, 2019

Because of a new state law, prosecutors across Texas have dropped hundreds of low-level marijuana charges and have indicated they won’t pursue new ones without further testing.

But the law didn’t decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal consumption. It legalized hemp and hemp-derived products, like CBD oil.

An unintended side effect of the law is that it has made it difficult for law enforcement to tell if a substance is marijuana or hemp, according to prosecutors.

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