Marijuana

First Marijuana Policy Reform Bill Advances from Texas House Committee

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

New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

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

Marijuana Policy Reform in the 2015 Texas Legislature

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

Interview: Rep. Joe Moody on His Bill to Reduce Penalties for Small Marijuana Possession

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

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