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A Closer Look at Decriminalizing Low-Level Marijuana Possession in Houston

Posted on · (Above: District Attorney Kim Ogg (center) announced the marijuana diversion program during a press conference held at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2017, where she was accompanied by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, among others Photo: Al Ortiz, Houston Public Media) Feb. 17, the city of Houston […]

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Voting on the Astrodome Plan, and Houston’s New Drug Policy: Monday’s Show (Feb. 27, 2017)

Posted on · Earlier this month (Feb. 14, 2017), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county’s putting on hold a comprehensive study of facilities at the NRG complex, including NRG Stadium, NRG Arena, and – yep – the Astrodome. Why? Because state lawmakers may take up a bill this session that would require Harris County voters to approve […]

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Decriminalizing Pot, and Voting on the Dome: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on: […]

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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (February 10, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he’s still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county’s cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics […]

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Forum Examines Affects of Drug Enforcement Policies

Posted on · Rice University’s Baker Institute recently hosted a conversation examining the affects of drug enforcement policies on society and looking at drug policies in Harris County. Elected officials and drug policy specialists with a background in law enforcement participated in the discussion, moderated by Katharine Neill, a postdoctoral fellow in drug policy at the Baker Institute. She […]

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What Got Done — and What Didn’t — During the 84th Texas Legislature?

Posted on · The 84th legislative session officially wraps up in Austin today, and lawmakers spent the final weekend passing bills addressing issues ranging from campus carry, to medical marijuana, to student truancy, to a new school grade rating system. We discuss what lawmakers passed, what fell short of passage and what it all may signal politically with Brandon […]

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Jade Helm, Legalizing Weed and the OTC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week — some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating Friday panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On today’s panel: Houston […]