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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bexar Crime Lab to Start Testing Cannabis in Drug Cases

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 2:17 PM

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Starting next month, the Bexar County County Crime Lab will begin testing suspected pot that it seizes during investigations, Texas Public Radio reports.

The county was thrown a cannabis curve ball last summer when the state passed a new law legalizing hemp. With hemp now legal, municipalities were forced to use lab tests to tell the difference between legal and illegal herb.

Bexar now faces a backlog of more than 100 felony pot possession cases, the oldest dating back to 2016, according to TPR.

The county began sending suspected weed to an out-of-state lab in October. However, officials say the first test results took until January to come back.

“When we first talked to them, they said that they would have a 30-day turnaround,” Christian Henricksen, the chief of litigation with the Bexar County DA’s office, told TPR. “And I think they just got inundated… it's not only Texas that’s been having this problem. It's been a problem in other states as well, so I think they were inundated with work.”

In September, Bexar Commissioners Court approved the $100,000 gear upgrade that's enabling the lab to start testing confiscated weed.

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