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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has responded to families who say they had to leave the state to participate in medical marijuana programs. “This is a law and order state, we have been and will continue to be so” say’s Gov. Abbott.

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.

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334, which was introduced by Chairman Moody in the special legislative session in July.

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.

Medical marijuana supporters are making a bid to have their issue included in the Texas special legislative session called by Governor Greg Abbott.

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.

Rep. Eddie Lucio III

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.

Texas House of Representatives

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.

Rep. Eddie Lucio III

Rep. Eddie Lucio and Rep. Jason Isaac took the time to recognize the group Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives and promote their bill to expand the Compassionate Use Program.

HB 2107 Hearing Photo by Eric Espinoza

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

“Don’t fill up the jails with folks who like the weed. Give them folks a civil penalty,” is a jazzy tune that north Texans will soon be hearing on the radio.

HB 2107 Hearing Photo by Eric Espinoza

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.