In 2015, Rep. Marisa Márquez and Sen. José Menéndez filed legislation to create Texas’ first comprehensive medical marijuana program. It was the first time a bill of this scope was ever filed in Texas. Read more about Interview: Sen. Jose Menendez on His Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Bill
Momentum for marijuana policy reform is sweeping the country.
Over the past few months, there's been real traction in the national fight for marijuana policy reform. High profile congressmen have called for an end to the prohibition on marijuana research, and several States may legalize marijuana in the coming months. Read more about Momentum for Marijuana Policy Reform at Federal Level
Historic progress for marijuana policy reform continued this week, as three different bills were voted out of Texas legislative committees for the first time ever.
But these bills aren't laws yet - they still have to be approved by the full legislature. We are working hard to get those votes and will keep you updated.
Yesterday, the Texas Legislature's Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence gave bipartisan approval of legislation that makes small possession of marijuana a ticketable offense instead of a felony.
The bill, HB 507 sponsored by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso), is the first time any legislation of its kind has advanced from a Texas Legislative committee.
The move shows that the Legislature is listening to the more than 20,000 Texans who have advocated for reform this year. Read more about First Marijuana Policy Reform Bill Advances from Texas House Committee
A number of new studies support marijuana policy reform - and refute many arguments raised by opponents.
Those who are uncomfortable with the idea of marijuana policy reform often fall back on a tired argument: "we need more time to study this issue." But when you look at the facts about marijuana studies compared to a legal painkiller - like hydrocodone - you realize how ridiculous that argument really is: Read more about New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform
This year, there are a number of bills in the Texas Legislature that provide opportunities for marijuana policy reform. One type of reform, reducing criminal penalties for small possession, is supported by a majority of Texans. While different bills have been filed to achieve this reform, there is one that stands out and appears to have some momentum in the Texas Legislature. Read more about Marijuana Policy Reform in the 2015 Texas Legislature
A number of recent polls have shown that it's clear a majority of Texans support marijuana policy reform. As we track bills in the Texas Legislature filed to address this reform, one stands out: a bill by Rep. Joe Moody (D- El Paso) that would reduce the offense to a civil penalty, instead of a criminal penalty, for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Read more about Interview: Rep. Joe Moody on His Bill to Reduce Penalties for Small Marijuana Possession