Bill to reduce penalties for marijuana possession advances in Texas House of Representatives
Published on May 4, 2015
A bill in Texas that would reduce marijuana possession penalties is making progress and is on it's way to the House Calendars Committee. According to the FBI, there were over 72,000 arrests/citations in Texas in 2012, while in the same year 90% of all burglaries were left unsolved. Many legislators are ready to move beyond the drug war, and the voters of Texas are polling at a 76% approval of marijuana law reform.
“Texas cannot afford to continue criminalizing tens of thousands of citizens for marijuana possession each year,” Rep. Moody said. “We need to start taking a more level-headed approach. It is neither fair nor prudent to arrest people, jail them, and give them criminal records for such a low-level, non-violent offense.”