The idea of re-legalization is put forth — in Texas — by a Republican.
Republican David Simpson has pre-filed legislation, House Bill 2165, to remove marijuana-related offenses from the Texas criminal code. “Nearly a century ago, the Texas legislature made a mistake in judgment based on misinformation and unfortunate motivations,” [nice language, DB] Rep. Simpson said in letter to lawmakers urging them to co-sponsor his legislation. “Due to this mistake a relatively benign plant was made illegal to grow, possess, and sell in Texas.”
Passage of Rep. Simpson’s bill would end each of these marijuana-related prosecutions in the Lone Star State. “Repealing prohibition of the plant will result in savings of millions of dollars currently being spent in the name of the war on drugs,” Simpson said. “[It] will end the destruction and disruption of thousands of lives caused by the heavy penalties for those who use the plant, and will restore freedom and dignity to all Texans.”
While passage of HB 2165 is unlikely, its intended purpose is arguably to stimulate a discussion among Texas lawmakers. The conversation is long overdue. A review of state-by-state marijuana possession arrest data by the ACLU reports that some 75,000 Texans are arrested annually for pot violations – the second highest total of any state in the nation.
If you would like a look at House Bill 2165 for yourself GO HERE.
Texas’ cannabis laws have been and are harsh, to say the least. Any step away from the old way of doing business is welcome. If you live in Texas and would like to send your legislator(s) a short letter of simple, easy to understand instruction GO HERE.
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