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Texas legislative committee favors marijuana policy action

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

HB 81 would set a maximum fine of $250 for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, with no arrest or record. That bill, filed by Rep. Moody, was assigned to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee today.

Unlike previous legislative sessions where such bills would be stalled, Rep. Moody will be able to ensure his bill is heard and voted on in a timely matter, which is critical to having it heard by the full Texas House of Representatives.

In all, 17 cannabis related bills have been filed to date.

Those lobbying for changes to the state’s marijuana policy are pushing two bills this session, including HB 81. The other is SB 269, which would establish a whole plant medical marijuana program. That bill has already been assigned to the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

Members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee include:

Rep. Joe Moody (Chair: D-El Paso)
Rep. Todd Hunter (Vice Chair: R-Corpus Christi)
Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg)
Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D-San Antonio)
Rep. Cole Hefner (R-Mt. Pleasant)
Rep. Mike Lang (R-Granbury)
Rep. Terry Wilson (R-Marble Falls)

Rep. Hunter is also the chair of the Calendars Committee, which schedules all legislation to be heard by the full House.

Members of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services include:

Sen. Charles Schwertner (Chair: R-Georgetown)
Sen. Carlos Uresti (Vice Chair: D-San Antonio)
Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway)
Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville)
Sen. Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham)
Sen. Borris L. Miles (D-Houston)
Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock)
Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano)
Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)

Groups currently lobbying legislators concerning these bills are asking that people contact their personal legislators, and speak with their Representative about HB 81, and Senator about SB 269.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. 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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