So far, state legislators have introduced a record-setting number marijuana-related bills. The movement for marijuana law reform is strong in Texas!
Of the many bills filed, Rep. Joe Moody's HB 63 was the first to be heard in committee earlier this week. HB 63 would institute a simple civil penalty for marijuana possession, eliminating the threat of arrest, jail time, and criminal record for 1oz. or less. The bill has bipartisan support with 21 representatives having already signed their names to the bill! (Ask your representative to co-author HB 63.)
There are 16 different medical marijuana bills. We're supporting Sen. Jose Menendez's SB 90 and Rep. Eddie Lucio's HB 1365, which has bipartisan support. If passed, either of these bills would make the Compassionate Use Program more inclusive by adding qualifying conditions and allowing whole plant access. Other proposals range in scope and can be found here.
We have a very short window of time this spring to pass meaningful marijuana law reform. As progress is made, we'll keep you updated and let to you know when/how to take action.