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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Texas House Committee Approves Marijuana Lega­lization Bill

texas marijuana legislatureTexas is not an easy place to achieve marijuana reform victories. Unlike most other states that have reformed marijuana laws, Texas does not have a citizen initiative process. That’s why I cheer on marijuana activists in Texas so much. Texas’ marijuana laws are harsh to say the least, and anyone who lobbies to change those laws gets my utmost respect. A small, yet significant victory was won yesterday when a Texas House Committee voted to approve a marijuana legalization bill. Per KSAT:

A proposal seeking full legalization of marijuana on religious grounds has cleared an unlikely legislative hurdle.

Republican state Rep. David Simpson of Longview argues marijuana comes from God and therefore shouldn’t be banned by government.

The tea party stalwart has repeatedly championed what he calls the “Christian case” for legalization.

Simpson’s bill (HB 2165) languished for weeks before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

Three committee Democrats and two Republicans surprisingly voted to support it Wednesday, though, and it passed 5-2.

This is a very big day for Texas. The vote of course doesn’t fully legalize marijuana in Texas, as the bill still has to go to a full House vote, then to the Senate, then to the Governor. There is still a long road ahead. But with that being said, politicians in Texas have voted to legalize marijuana. That’s a big deal. If you live in Texas, make sure to keep contacting your Representatives to let them know that you want a full vote on this bill, and you want your Representatives to vote ‘yes’ when that happens.

  • Malcolm Mira┼╝

    This is huge. For a state as big and as conservative as Texas to be pushing forward on marijuana legalization is great.

    • Kevin777

      It’s simply a matter of time before Texas becomes more socially liberal, by as early as 2020 the demographics of Texas will begin to change dramatically.

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    Bless your heart, Texas Rep David Simpson! Best wishes in moving this legislation forward. It reminds me of an expression I saw a couple years back somewhere on the Web: “God is perfect. Man is not. Man made liquor. God made pot.”

  • HellNo

    This is going to be an interesting battle. Rep. Simpson is a conservative Republican, and he has proposed complete abolishment of the cannabis prohibition. His own party chairman in Houston has declared that this is not Republican Party platform. And the entire Texas criminal justice system is going to fight this. Simpson is one badass politician!

    • khh

      You bet they’ll be fighting it. Go Texas!

  • HellNo

    I have been emailing state Reps. All morning. Incredibly, this bill has a lot of support. If you live in Texas, send your State Rep. a quick email, it only takes a couple minutes. This bill will be put to a vote soon. And this is a real opportunity for FULL legalization.
    Just go to the Texas House website, enter your zip code to locate the contact for your local Rep.

    This is the best opportunity we will ever get to end prohibition in Texas.
    Voice your opinion where it counts, we do have a good chance here.

  • space bound

    there’s no need to get in touch with my rep because he’s the one that filed the bill. I even voted for him and I’m not even republican. I simply voted for my interests and it’s paying off.

    • HellNo

      I went through the state house website and emailed almost every Representative urging their support for this bill. This is a huge opportunity, and I’m gonna do all I can to support this bill.

  • Way to go Texas~

    Peace Pot & Prosperity
    Pottles :D

  • Apparition

    This was completely out of the blue, too.

    Three bills were in the pipeline: Decriminalization, Medicinal cannabis and complete legalization.

    Then Rep. Simpson introduced this one !

    There is still a long way to go and many minds to change, but HB 2165 is providing the movement the positive publicity we need.

    Apparition
    Austin, Texas

    • khh

      wow. A victory in Texas would be bigger than California as far as ending marijuana prohibition . It might even be a knockout blow.

      • HellNo

        Yes, and there really is support for this bill. It made it thru committee, and may be put to a vote next month.

      • Kevin777

        Yes, the other red states will most likely become more liberal in their views on marijuana.

  • Republican state Rep. David Simpson of Longview argues marijuana comes from God and therefore shouldn’t be banned by government.

    The tea party stalwart has repeatedly championed what he calls the “Christian case” for legalization.

    http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2015/05/06/texas-house-committee-approves-bill-to-make-marijuana-legal-for-.html

    • Side note: the vote was 5 to 2. Two Republicans and Three Democrats. None the less without the Republican (Simpson) starting it – it had no chance. We have the same problem in the House in Washington. Libertarian Republicans get us past the machinery and Democrats give us major support.

      What does this say? The Republican Party is fracturing.

  • Mike

    It’s not gonna go they they are just gonna let it expire quit tryin to pump us up and get the facts straight

    • HellNo

      It wasn’t supposed to make it thru committee, but it did.
      If everyone in Texas that wants legalization will spend a day sending emails to State Reps., like I did, it will pass.
      This is not the time to give up. This is the time to make your voices heard!

  • jason

    Simpson should run for governor….talk about having bi-partisan support….I just hope he actually beleives what he created…I wonder if he’s just hedging his bets, for future political capital?? I’m sure he’s even suprised it made it out of committee. The politicians, no matter what side of the isle they are on have to see the writing on the wall and it makes me wonder if so many of them are just putting their names on these bills, knowing they will fail, just so they can at a future date say, “see I’ve been for it all along…”

    I hope this is not the case, but I’m not going to apologize too much for not trusting politicians…..they are the reason we are in this prohibition mess to begin with

  • Kevin777

    This would be huge if Texas signs into law any pro marijuana bill.

  • CrazyTexan

    Who to vote out of office:
    Senator Eddie Lucio – voted against hb2165 in criminal jurisprudence committee
    Rep. Todd Hunter – voted against hb2165 in criminal jurisprudence committee
    Rep. Myra Crownover – Refused to schedule a hearing for decriminalization when there were no opponents to medical marijuana bill.
    Gov. Rick Perry – said he would veto bills that legalize marijuana.

  • Israel Martinez

    I support marijuana in Texas %110