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What is the Compassionate Use Act?

When it comes to marijuana legalization in Texas, the laws are very strict. Medical marijuana is legal but only for very limited situations. Lawmakers have even created special laws to ensure doctors prescribe medical marijuana safely and legally. According to the Department of Public Safety, the Compassionate Use Act is one such law.

This act sets up the state's medical marijuana program. It limits legal marijuana use to only those with intractable epilepsy. It also establishes a registry of physicians who can prescribe low-THC cannabis, which is cannabis composed up less than 10 percent of cannabidiol and less than 0.5 percent of tetrahydrocannabinols. If you are an approved patient, you may not grow your own medicine. You can only get it from a licensed dispensary. In addition, the act stipulates that you cannot smoke it.

What should you know before pursuing international adoption?

If you are considering adopting internationally and bringing a child from overseas into your home in Texas, you will undoubtedly need to prepare your home and family for the drastic change that will take place. Your efforts to mentally prepare for the emotions that will come from raising a child who has been born in an entirely different environment and culture is imperative to giving you the confidence to provide your new child with love, compassion and a stable home environment. 

According to Adoption.org, selecting a reputable adoption agency that you are comfortable working with is a critical part of having a successful adoption. Examine and compare agencies to find one that has the values you desire, as well as one that you feel comfortable communicating with during a long-term relationship. From a financial standpoint, you will need to have budgeted a significant amount to be prepared to take on the commitment that will be required to bring a child from overseas to America. 

How can I prevent drunk driving over the holidays?

If you’re hosting a gathering over the holidays, chances are you’ll be serving some form of alcoholic beverages. In this case, it’s important to make sure your friends and family don’t drink and drive, which can lead to devastating injuries and run-ins with law enforcement. 21 Century Insurance offers the following tips, which will help you keep your loved ones safe and sound this holiday season.

Designate a driver

How can I navigate the holidays after getting divorced?

The holidays can be especially tough for divorced parents in Texas. While you want to present a unified front for the sake of your kids, doing is often easier said than done. To help you get along this holiday season, CNN offers the following tips.

Plan ahead

Can I change my child custody agreement?

When you go through a divorce, it may seem like all the agreements you sign are set in stone. However, it is inevitable that circumstances in your life or in the life of your ex-spouse change over time.

The courts recognize that ex-spouses may need to request changes or modifications to divorce settlements and child custody agreements in the future. Therefore, it is important for you to understand how you may request changes and what you need to do if something in your life changes and you need to approach the courts.

What are the penalties for underage drinking?

If you drink and drive in Texas, you face harsh penalties. However, if you drink and drive and you are under 21, the law is even harsher. Not only are you driving under the influence but also you have consumed alcohol while being under the legal age to do so.

The first offense, according to Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, will earn you a driver's license suspension of 60 days and a fine up to $500. You must also do 20 to 40 hours of community service and attend a mandatory alcohol awareness class.

What do I need to know about adoption?

If you’re thinking of adopting a child in Texas, you probably know there is a long road ahead of you. While the process can be complex, having the right information will help you navigate it successfully and with as little stress possible. Parents answers the following questions to ensure you understand what it takes to adopt a child and are fully prepared to do so.

What information should I provide?

Texas on the road to legalizing pot?

In case you are one of many Americans who have been sidetracked by the many and ongoing political spectacles at the federal level, there have been some interesting political moments right here in Texas over the past few months. Moments that may lead to the legalization of marijuana in the Lone Star State, and within the next few years.

Forbes reports that the state Republican Party, during its summer convention, adopted several new planks in its platform. One supports the decriminalization of marijuana, making it a civil penalty to possess an ounce or less for personal use. The civil penalty would come with a fine of up to $100 but would not include jail time. Another plank is seeking expansion of the state’s medical marijuana law by giving physicians the authority to determine the appropriate amount for patients. Also coming from the convention was the party’s stance in support of growing industrial hemp and federal reclassification of the drug as well.

What help is available to assist with child visitation?

If you are your children's other parent are not together, you probably have a custody and visitation arrangement set up through a Texas court. While you may try to honor the court's orders, sometimes things can get complicated. It is important for you to stick to the orders to avoid issues, so if you need help, the state offers some options. The Attorney General notes that these visitation resources are provided to you for free by the state.

First, you can use the Access and Visitation Directory. This is an online listing of services that help with visitation and parenting after a divorce. This directory can help you find places where you can conduct supervised visits, get help coordinating your visitation process and provide drop-off centers where you can meet to exchange the children.

Possible defenses to DWI charges in Texas

When the police arrest you for supposed drunk driving, it may feel like the end of the world. Questions may swarm your mind: Will you lose your driving privileges? Will you have to spend any time in jail? How much will the fines cost? How will you tell your loved ones what happened?

Another question you may consider is if it is best to plead guilty, especially if you feel the evidence against you is significant and condemning. However, despite your circumstances, defenses for your DWI case are possible.

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