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First Marijuana Bill of the 2017 Legislative Session Has Been Pre-Filed!

First Marijuana Bill of the 2017 Legislative Session Has Been Pre-Filed! 

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Representative Joe Moody from El Paso has pre-filed our Civil Penalty Bill for the 2017 Legislative Session! The Civil Penalties Bill (HB 81) and it’s Senate Companion SB170 will take possession of 1 once of marijuana or less out of the criminal realm and turn it into a civil offense by eliminating the arrest, jail time, and criminal record associated with low-level marijuana possession.
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Read up on HB81 HERE and SB170 HERE.

10 Responses to “First Marijuana Bill of the 2017 Legislative Session Has Been Pre-Filed!”

  1. Why are we not pushing for full legalization? Where is the push for more medical uses of patients with disorders or ailments that have been proven to helped by it? This is weak. If Texas wants to cut the drugs crossing the borders, lower crime, and build a stronger economic future, then we need to fully recognize Hemp and Marijuana for what they truly are and end the prohibition today.

    • We are pushing for legalization. Texas does not have ballot initiative to change our cannabis laws at the state level so we are reliant on our elected State Legislators to draft, submit and push through bills. This is the first bill of the session. To my knowledge, there will be a medical bill as well. There is also talks of hemp and full adult, retail use bills. We will know more as legislator continue to introduce bills. This is just day one so I am sure more are coming between now and the March 2017 deadline. So stay tuned to see what other options Texans will have.

  2. This bill is not what the state of Texas needs. Instead of fines for getting caught in possession we need full legalization. The taxes imposed on it, like in other states, will pay more than these civil fines and increase our budget for education. They have a surplus of funds in the education system in Colorado after just a short period of time.

    • Texas does not have ballot initiative to change our cannabis laws at the state level so we are reliant on our elected State Legislators to draft, submit and push through bills. This is the first bill of the session. To my knowledge, there will be a medical bill as well. There is also talks of hemp and full adult, retail use bills. We will know more as legislator continue to introduce bills. This is just day one so I am sure more are coming between now and the March 2017 deadline. So stay tuned to see what other options Texans will have. But we agree, Colorado is doing quite well!

  3. Vincent Von Dudler November 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Your organization should change its name to TEXAS NORMD.
    This incrementalism does not win enthusiastic support from anyone.

    • Texas does not have ballot initiative to change our cannabis laws at the state level so we are reliant on our elected State Legislators to draft, submit and push through bills. This is the first bill of the session. To my knowledge, there will be a medical bill as well. There is also talks of hemp and full adult, retail use bills. We will know more as legislator continue to introduce bills. This is just day one so I am sure more are coming between now and the March 2017 deadline. So stay tuned to see what other options Texans will have.

  4. What’s the point of celebrating this bill? This bill is just another example of how politicians are out of touch with the will of the people. We the peoplewant full legalization; yet, they offer civil offenses instead which will still hinder people’s futures, well being, how they provide for their famlies, and their over all quality of life. Until we have our rights restored, yes that’s right, restored to full legalization there’s no need to celebrate. If we deem this farce worthy of celebrating, we may as well celebrate being kicked in the ass.

  5. Well hey something is better nothing you know and I would rather pay than go to jail. Plus this could just be the start of it and would ease the legislators into passing full legalization for next time.

  6. New Houston sheriff and DA have announced they won’t accept charges for less than 4 ounces! This bill is weak sauce

  7. Can you please create and share a form letter that we can email our Legislartors?

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