The recurring theme for committee hearings on marijuana legislation in Texas this year is progress, a lack of opposition, and that policy discussion is here to stay. This past week was no exception. One legislator did however come out swinging against a proposed penalty reduction bill during a recent hearing.
Marijuana policy reform advocates are keeping the conversation alive at the Texas capitol with the help of a few state lawmakers. A hearing will be held this week about reducing penalties for marijuana possession.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called state legislators back to Austin for a special legislative session. Lawmakers began filing legislation today, and one of them revives a medical marijuana bill from earlier this year.
Legislation proposed by Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) would require a joint interim committee to study the feasibility of medical cannabis in Texas.
A bill which has passed the Texas Senate would give some people with a criminal record a chance to have their record sealed.
Round Rock has volunteered to be the first in Williamson County to implement a cite and release law passed by the Texas legislature in 2007.
A bill can be killed any number of ways, including through obstruction, feet dragging, amendment, or procedure. In the case of a medical marijuana bill in Texas, despite having enough support to pass, the paperwork just didn’t arrive in time.
Legislators in the Texas House of Representatives will hear a bill to make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a $250 civil fine on Thursday.
Update as of 5/9/17 10:00 pm cst: HB 2107 is officially done for the 2017 legislative session. It was not scheduled for a hearing and vote by the Texas House. Original Story: Despite being co-sponsored by more than half of the Texas House of Representatives, a medical marijuana bill likely
Update 5/11/17: This bill was not scheduled for a vote by the Texas House and is now dead. Click here to find out how this bill ended up. Original Story: A bill to allow patients access to whole plant medical marijuana has passed out of committee. This comes after a
Nearly half of the Texas House of Representative’s 150 legislators have signed on to a whole plant medical marijuana bill after a marathon hearing Tuesday night.
Patients and caregivers in Texas had to wait until the late hours of the night for a bill to be heard which would allow them to tell jurors that they are consuming or administering marijuana in a medicinal capacity.
A bill which would give Texas patients a medical defense in court for marijuana possession has been scheduled for a hearing.