Politics

You’ve got to fight for your rights, and 42 Texans did just that earlier this week when they went to the Texas capitol to lobby for medical marijuana.

Rep. Joe Moody laid out a number of reasons today why the Texas Criminal Jurisprudence Committee should pass a bill which would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil penalty with no arrest or criminal record.

A bill which would make possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a fine with no arrest, jail time, or criminal record has been scheduled for a hearing in the Texas House of Representatives’ Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

Tens of thousands trek through the Texas capitol building in Austin each year, and many of them are getting to experience a marijuana exhibit as they walk the halls.

Veterans from around Texas arrived at the capitol in Austin today to lobby state lawmakers for medical marijuana and hold a press conference afterwards.

Rep. Eddie Lucio III

A bill has been introduced in the Texas House of Representatives today which would establish a whole plant medical marijuana program.

Texas Senator Jose Menendez

State Sen. José Menéndez has acknowledge that he failed to report $50,000 in donations given to his campaign by two political action committees.

Following the announcement by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg that her office would no longer arrest or prosecute most marijuana possession cases, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has sharply criticized the new policy which affects Houston and the surrounding areas.

Law enforcement officials spoke out against marijuana prohibition in a big way today in Texas, with an announcement that those in the Houston area would largely no longer be subject to arrest for possession, while at the state capitol several officials joined together to support a penalty reduction bill making

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon has criticized neighboring Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg for her decision to implement a program which would keep those found with small amounts of marijuana both out of jail and clean of a criminal record.

On Thursday at 10 a.m. CT, active duty and former Texas police officers, a retired Texas District Court judge, and others will join Rep. Joe Moody at a news conference to express support for HB 81, which would remove the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for

Rep. Joe Moody has been made chair of the Texas House committee which will hear his marijuana penalty reduction bill.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Respect State Marijuana Laws Act exempts marijuana consumers and businesses from federal criminal penalties if they are acting in compliance with state marijuana laws