Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, a coalition that includes NORML and a couple dozen other groups, is prioritizing two bills this year: one that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and another to legalize marijuana for medical use.
Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, is sponsoring the decriminalization bill for the third time. In 2016, more than 66,000 Texans were arrested for marijuana possession, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Moody hopes to cut this down by replacing the criminal penalty for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana with a fine.
Continue reading “What New Marijuana Laws Might Pass in Texas This Year?”
When the Texas legislature goes into session on Jan. 8, the legalization of medical marijuana is certain to be a hot-button issue. Noting that it is already legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia, Sen. Jose Menendez says the time has come for Texas to make its use legal here. Continue reading “Texas Lawmaker Calls for Legalization of Medical Marijuana”
Texas is poised for historic action in 2019 to ease some marijuana prohibitions and join a national cannabis legalization movement that, to varying degrees, has already swept up all four of its border states.
Or maybe not.
Continue reading “Texas Marijuana Advocates Set Sights on 2019 Legislative Session”
November 12 marks the first day of pre-filing of legislation for the 2019 Texas legislative session. Cannabis law reform is an issue gearing up for major push again following strong support from legislature in 2017 despite no bills making it to the floor of the Texas House of Representatives.
As of publishing time, the total stands at 10, and will likely continue to rise. Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy has been keeping an eye on the bills as they are introduced, and will keep an updated list throughout the session here.
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One of Congress’ most powerful and vocal marijuana prohibitionists, Republican Pete Sessions of Texas, failed in his re-election bid for Congress’ 32nd District. Sessions was defeated by Democratic challenger Colin Allred.
Continue reading “Texas: Leading Marijuana Prohibitionist Fails In Congressional Re-Election Bid”
Texas voters will head to the polls this November, and some will be armed with information about the candidates’ stances on various marijuana policies.
Through the collective efforts of numerous people around the state, Texas NORML has produced the Texas Marijuana Policy Voter Guide. The non-profit organization, which is dedicated to changing cannabis laws, routinely publishes this guide during the primaries and general elections. The first such guide was created in 2012.
Continue reading “Getting Out The Marijuana Vote in Texas”
Activists in Texas have fought hard for every inch they’ve gained on the issue of marijuana, whether it be in swaying public opinion, obtaining support from public officials, or changing laws.
Continue reading “Opinion: Gov Abbott’s Evolving Views on Marijuana Good For Texas”