Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession Filed in Texas

Texas Statetexas Representative Joe Moody introduced House Bill 507 Monday morning, a proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, making the offense a simply $100 ticket.

“Our current marijuana policy in Texas just isn’t working,” says Representative Moody. “We need a new approach that allows us to more effectively utilize our limited criminal justice resources. This legislation is a much-needed step in the right direction.”

Texas District Court Judge John Delaney, Heather Fazio of the Marijuana Policy Project, Matt Simpson of the ACLU of Texas, and Ann Lee of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, among others, joined Representative Moody at a press conference Monday morning to announce the proposal.

“The War on Marijuana is a failure and has needlessly ensnared hundreds of thousands of people in the criminal justice system, at tremendous human and financial cost,” said Matthew Simpson. “It’s time to implement reforms that are fairer, more compassionate, and smarter at reducing drug of dependency and improving our health and safety.”

“Most Americans are fed up with laws that saddle people with criminal records just for possessing a substance that is less harmful than alcohol,” says Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Texas simply cannot afford to continue arresting and jailing people for marijuana possession.”

According to polling released last year, 61% of those in Texas support decriminalizing cannabis; 58% are in support of legalizing cannabis.

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    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm
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    we love and admire you Joe moody thanks buddy dyhey guys give credit Joe moody for governor yeah man help those out who care about About Texans instead. Of leaching off their fears and bigotry

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 3:08 pm
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    I am a forty year W.O.D veteran so I know of what I speak

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm
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    no snow balls chance in h? Huh hell we don’t worry about Hell were texanz

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm
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    it was a snowball that sank the Titanic

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm
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    until we can make it political suicide to go against we don’t have a snowball’s chance

      • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm
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      we do at this point have the power do it to the courts to legislation we could turn around on soon preparations get our money back they aalso owe us:-) about a trillion dollars

        • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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        but I would settle for 40 acres and a mule

          • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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          just think of a guys we at war crimes trials like Nurembergyou start seeing cars with bumper stickers that say so-and-so sheriff’s department had to give this back to this drug dealer anyway its funny I didI think its funny concept anyway

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm
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    This generation has not heard some of the crap that went on the last time we got to this point Nixon came out with a aledged study said weed would make men sprout tits. i shitz you not some of us would be wearing d cups by now. Right

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm
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    We are a bunch of passive pussys if we don’t stick up for each other full tilt up front come out of the closet

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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    Debby downer your help the bad guys by helping their confidence band make no mistake if we slack up if even for a second the will find a way to rape us harder. We thought when carter gets elected not will be legal in months. Holy hit 40 years later

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm
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    The redneck pirates can see the end is near it scares the crap out of them they don’t realize they are now dealing with Texans that have been hearing their horse hit for 40 ffingyears’ and we are not buying it anymore they stolen our homes cars ,land’ asset seasure kidnapped &killed our kids (round rock)blown ournbabys face off with hand granades , come on people are we really that big a pussys? What about the children? Yeah that cut both ways I don’t want Texas children born with epilepsy to die because a bunch of barony fife mother duckers can collect a paycheck. This has to end. From where the sun stands in the sky right now I will tolerate this abuse in silence no more forever I say TaCC total amnesty to all cannabis crimes.

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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    The redneck pirates can see the end is near it scares the crap out of them they don’t realize they are now dealing with Texans that have been hearing their horse hit for 40 ffingyears’ and wearing buying it anymore they stolen out homes cars land’ as sect seasure kidnapped &killed our kids blown ournbabys face off with hand granades , come on people are we really that big a pussys?

    • Timothy Snith on January 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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    Guys we need to quit doing the snowballs chance in hell attitude thing because that’s what convinces the bad guys that it can never change’ we need to be like its gunna chance whether they like it or not get onboard the train or stand in front of it because its coming

    • Debbie Downer on December 16, 2014 at 11:47 am
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    It’s a nice thought, but it has a snowball’s chance in hell of passing.

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