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Texas Lawmakers to Hold Hearing Monday on Bill to Reduce Penalties for Marijuana Possession

At 3:30 p.m. CT, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will hold a media availability with supporters of the bill, including a retired Texas judge, a former Houston police lieutenant, a Baker Institute fellow, and leaders of Texans for Accountable Government and the Texas Young Republican Federation  

The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will hear public testimony on HB 81, which would remove the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana

WHAT: Media availability prior to the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee’s hearing on HB 81, which would remove the threat of arrest, jail time, and a criminal record for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana

WHEN: Monday, March 13, media availability at 3:30 p.m. CT; committee convenes at 2 p.m. CT or upon adjournment of the House; HB 81 is expected to be considered later in the afternoon

WHERE: The media availability will be in a room TBD near the hearing room (E2.014) in the Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin; specific room number will be announced Monday

WHO: John Baucum, president of the Texas Young Republican Federation

Michael Cargill, executive director of Texans for Accountable Government

John Delaney, retired Texas District Court judge

Heather Fazio, Texas political director for the Marijuana Policy Project

Jay Hall, retired Houston Police Department lieutenant

Dr. William Martin, senior fellow at the James A. Baker III at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

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Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is a broad coalition of organizations, activists, and community leaders dedicated to realizing effective, efficient, and evidence-based marijuana policies in Texas. For more information, visit https://www.TexasMarijuanaPolicy.org.

 

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Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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