Mar 182015
 March 18, 2015

texas greg abbott marijuanaTexas is a pretty harsh place when it comes to marijuana policy. To make matters worse, Texas does not have a citizen initiative process. Most marijuana reform victories have come as a result of citizen initiatives. That means that the only way to reform marijuana laws in Texas is via the Texas Legislature. This session in Texas has been very active for marijuana reform, with a handful of bills being introduced to legalize medical and recreational marijuana.

Unfortunately, Texas’ Governor is trying to kill those efforts before they even get out of the Texas Legislature. Per Dallas News:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that lawmakers would not approve legislation that would legalize marijuana.

“I don’t think decriminalizing marijuana is going to happen this session,” Abbott said during a news conference. “I will see Texas continuing to lead the way of diverting away from activity that involves drug use and helping people lead more productive lives.”

Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, is sponsoring a bill that would not make it a crime to possess or use marijuana. Simpson says marijuana is “God’s plant” and has good uses, including medicinal purposes.

He’s one of many conservative leaders reconsidering how the state prosecutes marijuana crimes. Texas prisons are filled with inmates, mostly minorities, who have been convicted for possessing or selling small amounts of weed.

Shame on Texas’ Governor. He can stick his head in the ground and pretend that marijuana use will just go away, but that will never happen. There are countless people in Texas (and beyond) that consume marijuana and lead very productive lives. Why should they be treated like criminals because they choose to medicate and/or unwind with a substance that is safer than alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals?

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  107 Responses to “Texas Governor: No Marijuana Legalization Or Decriminalization This Session”

  1.  

    Legalize it or not im still gunnu smoke it

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    Like it or not I’m still going to lite up

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    Awesome, I don’t have to get a job or ask your kids for I.D when I sell them pot. I live in a pretty shady side of town, so if they get beat up or robbed, so what, not my problem. Keep it illegal

  4.  

    Fuck it blaze up all day every day

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    I live in a state full of f****** republicans and i can’t believe they’re still f****** stuck on not legalising toke it up my fellow smokers!

  6.  

    The hell with Greg Abbot , he is full of shit , he dosnt care at all for Texans , i didnt even vote for that communist republican , free texas legalize , stop wasting tax payers money , stop locking up marijuana smokers

  7.  

    Damm In a few years texas is going to be the only illegal MJ state

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    If you want to actually try and change legislation, get on the phone and call your house, senate and gov two to three times a week. Begin an initiative post it on other web site. If you can clog up their phones they will listen.

  9.  

    How can I get a two year weed license without seeing a Dr but just by going online for free? Email me. @ dynastysavage71@gmail.com

  10.  

    All these politicians are so against pot but they’ll allow our country be overrun by illegal illiterates.

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    “[Drug control efforts] have had harmful collateral consequences: creating a criminal black market; fuelling corruption, violence,
    and instability; threatening public health and safety; generating large-scale human rights abuses, including abusive and inhumane punishments; and discrimination and marginalization of people who use drugs, indigenous peoples, women, and youth” — The United Nations Development Programme

    The UNODC continues talking about the impact of drug policies on the formal economy, on human rights, on gender, on the environment, and on indigenous peoples, and they argue that “new approaches are both urgent and necessary.”

    Meanwhile back at el ranchero… Mexican Drug Cartels are rapidly changing over 2/3’s of their fields from Marijuana to poppies to make heroine. Illegal Cartels are quickly losing the American market so are trying to being selling to Mexican citizens, who are racing to legalize Marijuana in Mexico themselves to drive the cartels out of Mexico. Mexican cartels are now trying to focus on the European market to stay in business. They are “on the run” for survival …Thanks to America waking up, finally!!

  12.  

    …Vote “Democrat” in Texas & weed will become legal

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    Illegal Marijuana = Illegal Cartels = Inner City/US Street Gangs & Violence = 75,000 Texas Kids Lives Ruined Per Year VIA Arrests/Imprisonment

  14.  

    Hey Texans let Gov. Greg Abbott know that comes next election he has lost your VOTE. Only way we can take back our FREEDOM. Vote Pro-Marijuana Legalization

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    Call the governor let him know what you think. 512-463-1782. Let your voice be heard!

  16.  

    Im all for legalization but Im not voting for that evil witch Wendy Davis. It was a Republican who brought forth reform here in the first place. Vote Libertarian or we need to choose a better GOP nominee.

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    We need to turn cartels into bootleggers crime is down in every state that has a cannabis law, Colorado is giving back tax money from the cannabis industry. IN MY TOWN THE UNSOLVE CRIME IS 83% OF BUT FOR CANNABIS THEY WILL ARREST THE LOW HANGING FRUIT.

  18.  

    At my fb page bill wrightjr medical marihuana has a e-mail page to governor check it out and e-mail the Govenor.

  19.  

    Plan an event…..everyone meets up for peaceful protest on massive scales….and then everyone pull out a doob and light up. Jus stand there and smoke it down. byow

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      You have the right idea I’ve been living in Colorado the last few years its awesome makes Texas a joke I used to love my state not anymore guess I will have to vote democrat next time

  20.  

    I smoke everyday….like people smoke cigs. Always have. I live in Dallas. I can walk down the block anywhere in this city and smell it in the air at some point. Half the people smoke blatantly anyway. The other half here mind their business. The reaction from anyone is pretty relaxed. Even the cops. If its not alot and you’re not a murderer you’re most likely to get a “get the fkk outta here” from them. Too much of a WASTE OF TIME in their eyes. Hah ironic right? So I’m wondering who is it thts against marijuana? I’ve never met anyone outright against marijuana so much tht they had to “join the cause” of banning it and I’ve never seen anyone react negatively to smellin it out in public. Who is it tht cares if I smoke or not?!! Idc if its legal or not, I’m going to smoke like ppl drink. I jus dont get it. I DO kno tht something negative has to happen to someone pret-ty important tht could have been prevented or managed with marijuana before anything changes. Is it even constitutional to make it illegal or to infringe upon freedoms to live how you like as long as you’re not harming anyone? Arent unconstitutional laws not viewed as real laws and therefore dont have to be acknowledged as such? And if its not, isn’t there a lawyer out there, preferably one with a slick southern accent, who can find something wrong with the way its written? Kind of like they always do with sht they don’t want to pass……i always thought the laws were put in place to keep the white babies from mingling with the “drug crazed” blacks and Mexicans. So kind of a racist law…..wow, tht was alot of sht I never planned on sayin…..but I’m high :| and you jus read this so now you are high and all the bad things in life are going to happen to you and no one else but you, oh nooo

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    The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have legalized medical marijuana.
    for legalizing 2,478,99342. 38% against legellizing 3,370,761 57.62%

  22.  

    shit take Texas and these states
    Pending Legislation in 2015

    Alabama
    Florida
    Iowa
    Missouri
    NebraskaPennsylvania
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas republic senate and rep trying to to pass it

    and these states
    9Failed Legislation in 2015

    Georgia
    Indiana
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    MississippiNorth Carolina
    North Dakota
    Utah
    West Virginia

  23.  

    How is this even possible? theres no logic behind keeping it illegal. Most people clearly want it legalized and this country is about being free so i don’t understand how they can just say NOPE not doing whats fair to the people.

  24.  

    While Greg Abbott denies patients the right of alternative choices, millions upon millions of dollars flow into Mexico every day for the importation of marijuana while fulfilling the needs of those patients our political leaders have categorized as criminals by maintaining its illegal status.

  25.  

    Call him, and call your representatives Demand they pass legislation
    TO HB 507 This would impose a $250 civil fine on the possession of a personal amount of marijuana
    tell them to put it on the Calendar this year and vote yes

    Rep. Anderson 512 463 0135

    Rep. Phil King 512 463 0738

    Rep. Paul Worman 512 463 0652

    Rep. Travis Clardy 512 463 0592

    Rep. Borris Miles 512 463 0518

    Rep. Tan PARKER 512 463 0688

    Rep. Armendo WALLE 512 463 0924

  26.  

    He’s completely out of touch with the voters he will not get reelected if I have to vote democrat I will this guys stupid he like helping the cartels he’s got blood on his hands what a scumbag we should hang him and the Mexican cartel leaders together

  27.  

    The texas governor would have us the people get our medicine on that crappy reg from mexico or pay more for kush from someone else in another state than just be at peace here at our home but instead we are in more danger of being shot by police than from just smoking it .we have a right to pursue to happiness he should not have more power than the people it should be up to us THE PEOPLE

  28.  

    Why is this idiot our governor

  29.  

    the governor of Texas was elected by the people of Texas to do what the people of Texas want not what he wants a bill should be interduced to allow the people to vote on it I think it should be up to us if the people say no i’ll live with it but I think the people will say yes. please governor help bring back by the people of the people for the people and let us make the choice

  30.  

    Sounds like that fascist just doesn’t understand (or pretends not to understand) that alcohol is a drug, and is FAR more dangerous than weed. Pathetic creep.

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