Fake story makes rounds about legalizing marijuana in Texas
A recent hoax article has been making the rounds on social media outlets claiming that Texas governor Rick Perry will sign a bill into law which will legalize both medical and recreational marijuana. This story is completely false.
Hosted by the website News Buzz Daily, the article talks about a bill entitled HB 2412 which would go into effect in January 2015.
The website specializes in fake news, with some people calling it satire.
Due to the nature of Texas’ legislative system, the legislature only meets in odd-numbered year, making it impossible for legislation to be passed in 2014 or any other even-numbered year. Ballot initiatives are also not allowed, making the state legislature the only avenue for changing marijuana laws.
Bills promoting medical marijuana, decreased penalties for possession, and full legalization are expected to be pushed in the 2015 legislative session by a coalition of activist groups in Texas. Many have high hopes for seeing a medical cannabis bill passed during this session.
Organizers are urging people to contact their representatives and express support for these measures, as many officials have stated that without hearing from their constituents, they’re not willing to go forward with legalization efforts. This is despite polling data showing that 58% of Texans support legalizing marijuana.