Despite being passed out of their initial committees with bipartisan support, Texas Representative Todd Hunter, Chairman of the House Calender Committee, has effectively killed a bill to decriminalize cannabis, and a bill to repeal cannabis prohibition, refusing to allow the full House of Representatives to debate and consider them.
House Bill 507 would have removed the possibility of jail time, or a criminal record, for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, reducing the penalty to a $250 fine. The bill was passed with a 4 to 2 vote by the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. The same committee also gave approval, 5 to 2, to House Bill 2165, a proposal to completely repeal cannabis prohibition in the state.
Both bills were moved to the House Calendar Committee, where they awaited scheduling for a full House debate. However. Chairman Todd Hunter has refused to place the bills on the calender, and it is now too late to do so, making them effectively dead for the session.
Supporters of cannabis law reform in Texas should contact Representative Todd Hunter and let him know how they feel. His contact information – inducing phone number, e-mail address office address – can be found by clicking here.
As should be the case when contacting any elected official, those contacting Rep. Hunter should make sure to remain clear, concise and respectful.
Senate Bill 339, a proposal to legalize the medical use of low-THC cannabis for the treatment of epilepsy which passed the full Senate earlier this month, is the last cannabis-related bill still alive in the Texas Legislature, other than its companion measure House Bill 892.