Category Archives: Special Editions

Weed convention highlight pot industry

By Eric Lopez
Arts & Culture Editor

Photos by Aaron Sewell
Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old cannabis consumer, and David Simpson, a former Texas State Rep., talk about the benefits of marijuana at The Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo April 22.

I attended the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo in Fort Worth April 21-23 and saw a side of the cannabis industry I knew about, but never thought I would get to see up close. The second annual SWCCEXPO took place in the Fort Worth Convention Center. Continue reading

Don’t diss the dreadheads

By Joshua Drake
Staff Writer

Photo by Aaron Sewell

On March 6, an 18- to 25-year-old black male with short dreads and glasses was reported to be allegedly taking photos of other men in the restroom stalls. Brookhaven College notified all students, staff and faculty via email and warnings at all entrances. Continue reading

Pot policy clouds minds

The city of Dallas will have a new cite-and-release policy covering possession of marijuana, but it may not be the light at the end of the tunnel some users may believe.

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

By Dr. Dank
Dope Columnist

The city of Dallas’ new cite-and-release policy, a baby step in the right direction of marijuana legalization, takes effect Oct. 1. But once the smoke clears, the hype of Dallas’ cite-and-release policy leaves me dazed and confused.

On the first puff, the benefits of cite-and-release are clear. But on the second puff, I wonder what will really be accomplished.

Dallas City Council members approved a cite-and-release policy regarding marijuana possession under 4 ounces in a 10-5 vote April 12, according to D Magazine.

“The number one misconception [about cite-and-release] is that it somehow changes it to a Class C, traffic-ticket-level offense,” Jamie Spencer, an Austin attorney, said, according to the Dallas Observer. “It’s an improvement on automatically arresting everybody immediately – the person will have to go through the arrest process a month from now.”

This means, the outcome regarding marijuana possession is essentially the same, but with a delay of the consequences.

As long as those cited comply with Dallas laws, pay their fines and don’t miss their court dates, they could face the minimum penalty. Offenders can avoid receiving a Class A misdemeanors on top of other charges.

If an individual carrying less than 4 ounces of marijuana is caught by an officer, then a police supervisor will be called to test it, weigh and transport the pot into evidence, according to D Magazine.

Avoiding immediate jail visits is undoubtedly a step in the right direction when addressing Texas marijuana laws. By avoiding jail, the personal lives of those caught with marijuana will not be affected right away. They will have time to handle the citation and personal matters such as their job and school minimally affected.

No longer arresting culprits of low-level pot busts will save officers time and decongest jail space.

While these potential benefits seem fine and dandy, I’m not convinced everyone in the cannabis community will benefit from the policy. If caught and cited, offenders will have possession charges on their records, which could affect future job opportunities.

Any responsible stoner can tell you there has always been a sort of unspoken agreement between marijuana users and police officers – well, “cool” police officers, at least in my experience with the law. If I’m calm and honest with the officer and the amount of marijuana is a small personal stash, the officer has usually stomped out or trashed the stash without issuing a ticket.

Charging someone with possession entails arresting them, booking them and processing paperwork.

For a misdemeanor, that’s a lot for the officer to do. But with this new policy, that unspoken agreement between users and officers goes out the window. Officers will be able to accurately charge possession without the hassle of bringing someone in for a small amount of marijuana.

Spencer, who works in Travis County, said, “I have seen more small, and I mean very small, amounts in marijuana cases since cite-and-release has been put in place than I did prior to it.”

EDITOR’S NOTE
Dr. Dank is not a real doctor. It is the pseudonym chosen to protect the identity of the author of the column. The Courier does not advocate the use of marijuana or any illegal substance. Under current state law, possession is illegal in Texas and punishable with prison time and fines.

DFW group set for marijuana march

By Clayton Rushings
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Marijuana advocates will take to the streets of Fort Worth May 6 to rally for the end of marijuana prohibition. The Marijuana March of North Texas, part of the 2017 Global Marijuana March, will be from noon to 5 p.m. in Burk Burnett Park, according to dfwnorml.org. The march will be sponsored by DFW NORML, the local chapter of National Organization Reform of Marijuana Laws. Continue reading

Brookhaven remembers 9/11

By Jake Griffin

Copy Desk Chief

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Fifteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, students, staff and faculty gather to honor those who died.

Brookhaven College’s 15th memorial of 9/11 took place Sept. 8 in S Building. Jessica Hillman, community engagement advocate, said she encouraged students to pledge to do a good deed in remembrance of the victims of 9/11. Continue reading

Gawker Blogger still confused by intricacies of feminism

By Molly Mollotova

Staff Writer

 

 

As a feminist, member of the LGBT community and woman, I pride myself on staying up-to-date on the topic of inequality. So, when I came across an article titled “Dallas Observer Editor Still Confused by Women Who Play Music,” I was intrigued. Continue reading

Killer Cruise Awaits

By Jordan Wylie
Art Director

Screenshot taken by Jordan Wylie | Permission granted by Blazing Griffin Studio.

Have you ever dreamed of winning a free ticket for a cruise? How about a cruise set in the 1920s with a mysterious captain at the helm, complete with a bad Russian accent, who tells you there’s a catch to this ticket long after you’ve boarded? Oh, and the catch is that you, and everyone else on board, Continue reading

VETERANS’ CORNER: US Navy Veteran Shares Experience

By Earl Ward
Staff Writer

Brookhaven College student Nick Martinez was in the Navy for a total of six years, active and reserve. During those six years, he spent time on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise working on the steam catapults, a device used to launch aircraft Continue reading

Another Way To Celebrate This Thanksgiving

By Kurt Hyde

Sports Editor

Most Texans celebrate Thanksgiving in a tradition handed down from the Pilgrims in 1621, but lately some Texans have been celebrating Thanksgiving based on a similar event, first held near El Paso in 1598.
The Pilgrims established a colony Continue reading

VETERANS’ CORNER: US Marine Shares Stories

By Earl M. Ward
Staff Writer

Mario Puente was in the U.S. Marine Corps for five years and one month — not that he was counting. In his time in the Marines, he did a tour in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Puente said he was trained as a radio repair tech. But during his tour in Iraq, he was assigned into an Infantry Unit, in which he went out on patrols with his Continue reading