The family of Botham Jean, the unarmed black man who authorities say
was fatally shot by a Dallas police officer inside his own apartment,
spent Thursday celebrating his life. Hundreds of people filed into the
Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson, Texas, to pay their
respects at Jean's funeral service, remembering the 26-year-old
businessman as, what his friend Pastor Michael Griffin described him,
"the light in a dark room."
But then around 5 p.m., the family's lawyers were alerted to some
apparent breaking news in the investigation into Jean's death.
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During an exclusive interview with TIME, the mother of notorious drug
lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman shared what she thinks of her son.
Guzman, 61, is in New York City's highest-security prison after
escaping from Mexican prisons twice, once in 2001 and again in 2015.
He is accused of trafficking drugs worth $14 billion into the United
States. His is one of the biggest narcotics cases in U.S. criminal
During the interview, Guzman's mother, Consuelo Loera, 88, spoke about
his childhood growing up in a mud-made shack in Mexico's Sierra Madre
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"He was beautiful," said his mother, Bonnie. "He was perfect."
But when Micah turned 3, he began lining up his toy cars in a row and
just staring at them. His limited vocabulary became more limited. He
forgot how to go potty.
Jensen, 47, quit her job as an executive assistant to take care of and
Early one morning, she felt something shudder in her bed. Beside her,
Micah trembled uncontrollably and she saw his skin turn a deep shade
of blue and purple. He gasped for air.
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Congressman Pete Sessions used a speech to a group of doctors and
other healthcare providers at an opioid epidemic summit Tuesday to
suggest that marijuana is the gateway to addiction and as a campaign
against the medical and recreational legalization movement.
The Republican from Dallas called the rising number of deaths from
opioid overdose a "national crisis" and implored those on the front
lines of the fight, the scientific and medical communities, he said,
to provide solutions he can bring to Congress, saying he will get the
appropriate funding added to next month's budget bill.
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MANCHACA, Texas -- When California rings in the new year with the sale
of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into
its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive
that doubts swirl over who will even use it.
Texas is the last big state to allow some form of medical marijuana,
albeit an oil extract so low in the psychoactive component, THC, that
it couldn't get a person high. Though it might seem that Texas
policymakers have softened their attitude toward the drug, bringing
them more in line with the U.S. population as a whole, they have not.
A joint could still land you in jail in Texas, and the state's embrace
of medical marijuana comes with a heavy dose of caution.
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Within weeks an estimated 150,000 Texas patients suffering from
untreatable epilepsy will have a new means of relief.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a form of medical marijuana, will finally be
delivered to patients who qualify under the state's very strict
guidelines. The CBD reduces or halts convulsive epileptic seizures but
doesn't get the patients stoned.
Right now, the treatment will be available only for certain epilepsy
patients, and it's highly controlled.
We believe availability should be expanded for treatment of other
conditions when there's evidence those patients can be helped. We urge
state lawmakers to begin work through the political and medical
hurdles now so they can make that happen when they meet in 13 months.
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In just a few weeks, medical marijuana will legally be sold in
The plants are nearly finished growing in South-Central Texas, which
means workers will soon harvest and cultivate them, drying them out
and preparing to extract low-level cannibidiol.
Once that medicine is in a liquid form, and packaged in drops, the
first sales of medical marijuana -- geared to help Texans with
intractable epilepsy -- will occur before the end of this year.
"It's very, very exciting," said Jose Hidalgo, chief executive officer
of Cansortium Holdings, the Florida-based parent company of Cansortium
Texas. "Nothing in life ever goes as planned.
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Any day now, medical marijuana will legally start to grow in the state
It will be planted, grown and processed on a 10-acre parcel of land in
Schulenburg, a small community east of San Antonio, now that the
company that owns the property -- Cansortium Texas -- has received the
state's first license to do so.
The low-level cannabidiol will be sold, under a 2015 law, to help
Texans with intractable epilepsy if federally approved medication
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In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the first bill allowing any growing
or sale of marijuana in Texas. The Texas Compassionate Use Act
legalized the selling of a specific kind of cannabis oil derived from
marijuana plants for a very small group of customers: epilepsy
patients whose symptoms have not responded to federally approved medication.
Two years later, Texans still can't legally buy cannabis oil, but a
handful of companies believe they are weeks away from receiving the
official go-ahead to become the state's first sellers.
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A Texas girl whose family moved to Colorado to use medical marijuana
to treat her intractable epilepsy is among those suing Attorney
General Jeff Sessions over the federal cannabis prohibition.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the federal government should be
able to prosecute marijuana use and distribution in states that have
declared it legal.
An 11-year-old Texas cannabis "refugee" has joined a retired NFL
football player, an Iraq War veteran and two others in a lawsuit
challenging beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the federal
government's stance on medical marijuana.
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Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a $3
million donation to endow a fellow in drug policy to provide objective
scientific research in the highly charged political arena of drug
addiction, university officials announced Wednesday.
Katharine Neill Harris, who currently holds a post-doctoral fellowship
in drug policy at the Baker Institute, will become the Alfred C.
Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy.
The money to fund her new position comes from the Glassell Family
Foundation led by Houston philanthropist Alfred C. Glassell III.
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A 13-year-old girl found dead over the weekend in Texas was abducted
as ransom for stolen marijuana, according to authorities.
Police said Shavon Randle was kidnapped Wednesday from a Lancaster
home after the boyfriend of one of her relatives stole about 22 pounds
of pot, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Soon after she was abducted, suspects allegedly called a relative from
a private number and told them, "Give us our sh-t back or we are going
to kill her."
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With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk
of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85
miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths.
SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the
Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with
Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for
violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless
interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on
the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his
gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.
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President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced
imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the
Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective.
In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority
to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility
in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the
36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.
He is identified as Richard by the White House and Bureau of Prisons, but
has also been known as Ricardo. The White House listed his hometown as
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A Pew Research Center survey of nearly 8,000 police officers finds that
more than two-thirds of them say that marijuana use should be legal for
either personal or medical use.
The nationally representative survey of law enforcement, one of the
largest of its kind, found that 32 percent of police officers said
marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use, while 37
percent said it should be legal for medical use only. Another 30 percent
said that marijuana should not be legal at all.
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An Arlington police officer is popular on social media Thursday because of
a video that shows he gave a teenager caught smoking marijuana in a movie
theater parking lot an unorthodox alternative to being arrested: pushups.
Officer Eric Ball was working off-duty Monday night at the theater in
Arlington when someone told him that a teenager was smoking marijuana
outside, WFAA-TV reported. Ball went outside to find the teen finishing a
cigarette and discarding it, and Ball smelled marijuana when he approached
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An unclassified document from the Drug Enforcement Agency shows the areas
of influence generated by Mexico's major criminal organizations.
The "intelligence report," dated July 2015, includes three maps that
show the various DEA offices around the country and the cartel-related
cases they deal with; potential markets that drug cartels will exploit
due to population density; and heroin deaths by state.
In Texas, the many offices appear to have their time spent dealing
with cases involving the Sinaloa, Gulf, Juarez, the Knights Templar,
Beltran-Levya, Jalisco and the Zetas.
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