Texas Lawmakers Weigh In On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Texas House members passed a measure that would reduce penalties for possession of cannabis and cannabis concentrates last month, reported Austin Chronicle.

House Bill 218 from Rep. Joe Moody (D) would also instruct officers to stop arresting people for personal amounts and related drug paraphernalia while providing a framework for expunging past charges. However, the bill doesn't make it legal to possess a small amount of recreational cannabis.

"Under House Bill 218, possessing a small amount of cannabis is still illegal," Moody said on the House floor before final passage. "We're just addressing it in a smarter way than we do now."

A separate measure from Rep. Moody, House Bill 3652 that seeks to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of …

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