Last Update: April 21, 2015
Help us end criminal penalties for marijuana possession
On December 15, 2014, Rep. Joe Moody introduced HB 507, which would impose a $250 civil fine on the possession of a personal amount of marijuana in Texas, and the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee heard powerful testimony in support on April 8. This important bill, supported by members of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, would allow individuals to avoid arrest, possible jail time, and the stigma of a criminal conviction for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana. Law enforcement estimates that in 2012, there were over 70,000 cases in which people were either arrested or cited for marijuana possession — wasting valuable law enforcement time and placing futures at risk.
Please click here to ask your representative and senator to support this sensible bill today. For a quick summary of the bill, click here.
This bill is the first piece of legislation following MPP’s announcement earlier this year that we have begun a multi-year legislative campaign in Texas to improve state laws related to marijuana. Our efforts also include establishing a compassionate medical marijuana program and legalizing and controlling the marijuana market for adults 21 and older, similarly to alcohol. Two medical marijuana bills, one in the House (HB 3785) and one in the Senate (SB 1839), have now been presented. Click here for a summary of the bills. To ask your representative and senator to support a comprehensive medical marijuana program, click here.
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