Concerns about the President-elect and his nomination for Attorney General be damned. The fight to re-legalize cannabis goes on! Here’s what’s happening in Texas.
A bill to reduce penalties for simple marijuana possession was introduced in the Texas House of Representatives today. HB 81, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Moody of El Paso, would remove the current criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and replace them with a civil citation and a fine. Details of the bill are available at http://bit.ly/2gbeTQG.
The bill, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs), would make possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a non-criminal offense punishable by a fine of $250. Under current law, possession of two ounces or less is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a $2,000 fine and 180 days in jail.
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This is the second time Rep. Moody has introduced legislation to remove criminal penalties for simple possession. Last session, this proposal earned the support of more than 40 co-sponsors in the House and was approved by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee before the session closed. The bill was supported by the Texas Association of Business along with dozens of grassroots advocacy organizations, including Texans for Accountable Government and the Texas Young Republicans Federation.
“This bill is about good government and efficient use of resources,” said Rep. Joe Moody. “Arrests and criminal prosecutions of low-level marijuana cases distract law enforcement and prosecutors, leaving fewer resources for violent crime.”
Learn more about Texas Marijuana Policy.
As significant as re-legalizing California is going to be, Texas would be a huge crack in the walls of cannabis prohibition. If you live in Texas and are reading this, you are called to action. Get involved. We can push the re-legalization of cannabis to the point where all the kings horses and all the kings men can’t stop the future from arriving. Or, sit on your hands and suffer the consequences. It’s all up to YOU.
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