Bexar County is poised to become the first crime lab in Texas to have proper testing procedures to differentiate hemp from marijuana. The proposed new procedures have been submitted to the American National Standards Institute. The new testing process needs to be in place quickly as marijuana possession prosecutions have stopped in the county.
Only those with large amounts of marijuana (4 ounces or more mostly) are being prosecuted at this time, San Antonio Express-News reported. Other county prosecutors around the state have followed suit. It’s assumed that prosecutions will resume once proper testing procedures are in place.
Forensic scientist Brian Cho said, “The goal is to be the first in Texas to go online. An individual has been assigned to go over our documentation to verify our procedures and our data.”
It’s not known when the new testing protocols could be implemented yet.