Texas lawmakers consider broad range of marijuana policy reform bills
Last update: February 21, 2017
The Texas Assembly’s last session in 2015 was groundbreaking — the state discussed marijuana policy reform like never before and passed what could become the foundation for a workable medical marijuana program. This year could be just as historic.
One of our top priorities is to repair the state’s medical marijuana law. Unfortunately, several harmful, built-in limitations mean the program may not get off the ground. For a quick summary of the law’s problems, see our recap and analysis. MPP is proud to work with Sen. Menendez on an amendment this year to ensure the program will function and all patients who deserve care can get it. Track SB 269’s progress here. Please support seriously ill patients left out of the current program by contacting your representative and senator.
Meanwhile, Sen. Jose Rodriguez and Rep. Joe Moody have each presented bills that would impose a simple $250 fine for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, but remove the criminal penalties that currently go with possession. Most Americans now support legalization of cannabis for adults 21 and over, and many states no longer force taxpayers to pay for the costs of failed prohibition policies, including arrest, possible jail time, suspension of drivers licenses, and harmful criminal convictions. Click here for more information on Senate bill 170 and House bill 81. For a summary of the sensible changes these bills would make, click here. Stay tuned!
Get involved with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy
MPP has begun a multi-year legislative campaign in Texas to improve state laws related to marijuana. We’re working in concert with like-minded groups to reduce criminal penalties for possession and to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program that doesn’t leave many seriously ill patients behind. Please visit TexasMarijuanaPolicy.org to get involved with the coalition — Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.
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