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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Texas Legislature Will Consider Marijuana Decriminalization

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisI have said it many, many times – Texas is a harsh place when it comes to marijuana laws. Unlike other states that allow a citizen initiative to reform marijuana laws, Texas does not have an initiative process. The only way to reform Texas’ marijuana laws is via the Texas Legislature. A bill was introduced this week in the Texas Legislature that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession. Per Big Country:

Texas State Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) introduced a bill Monday that would reduce state penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Representative Moody announced the details of the bill at a news conference hosted by Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. He was joined by retired Texas District Court Judge John Delaney and representatives from the coalition including ACLU of Texas, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, and the Marijuana Policy Project.

“Our current marijuana policy in Texas just isn’t working,” Rep. Moody said. “We need a new approach that allows us to more effectively utilize our limited criminal justice resources. This legislation is a much-needed step in the right direction.”

It’s tough to say at this point whether or not the bill will pass. However, it’s encouraging that it was introduced in the first place, and there are a lot of people lobbying the Texas Legislature to pass it. Texas still needs to introduce a bill to legalize medical marijuana, and hopefully we will also see a bill that would completely legalize marijuana for all Texans. If you live in Texas, now is the time to contact your legislators and tell them it’s time for a new approach to marijuana policy in Texas, and that marijuana prohibition has been a disaster.

  • kingfish63

    I live in Texas , its time for our state to stop waisting tax payers money on a war against marijuana ,a poll was taken this year 59.8 of texans smoke M J , If our state would let the public vote on legalizing M J for medical use and personal use , texans would win by a landslide . ,Tax it regulate it just like booze and ciggs, at least decrimenalize it, FREE TEXAS

    • Denise Johnston

      They didn’t do a poll about the number of people who used Marijuana, but there was a poll about how many Oklahomans would vote for legalization if it were on the ballot and 70% would vote YES!!! I wish I could figure out why my husband’s face is on my Google Acct. That isn’t me!

      • David

        Sadly, the truth is, if smoking it were the same as voting for it. It would already be legal in all 50 states.

        • Denise Johnston

          I haven’t smoked it since I was a teenager. I can’t. I’m in chronic pain & see a pain doc. Random drug testing. Plus I’m 55 and never even had a traffic ticket. I’m a law abiding citizen. But it doesn’t mean I don’t want them to legalize it. I’m going to die young if they don’t!

          • David

            How about edibles? Are able you tolerate them? I buy 25 mg caramels (in various strains) at the dispensary downstairs from my house. I usually cut one in two let it melt in my mouth. Wait four hours and take the other half. I’m a chronic pain patient too. This helps me. Vaporizing an Open Vape hash oil cartridge with a vapor pen is also very effective for pain without the smell, smoke or tar. Do you think there’s possibility the Osage Tribe will allow the sale of Cannabis on their Reservation? I know that they’re a very wealthy tribe due to fossil fuels found on their lands decades ago so don’t need the money. Maybe they will do it out of compassion. One can only hope.

          • been there

            I’ll repeat what Denise wrote: “Random drug testing”. Whether you choose edibles (or any other form of ingesting) a positive result will result in disqualification.

          • Denise Johnston

            So very true, but as there’s no way my throat could handle smoking or even using a bong, edibles would definitely be my only way. I’ve looked at so many utube videos on how to make butter and stuff like that and I even attempted it once when I thought Oklahoma was going to pass it. But all I accomplished was ruining 1/2 oz and $200.00 on a 1/2 stick of butter that wouldn’t have made a baby high. I know it’ll be expensive if they ever did pass it, but if it were legal I would give up the doctors and the drug testing if it meant relief for my pain. I’m just a big scaredy cat about being caught with it illegally. Can you see a 55 year old woman in chronic pain having to spend time in prison. I couldn’t handle that.

          • David

            Curious, are your concerns due to random drug tests, the criminal (in)justice system in your state, or both? Is moving to the nearest medical marijuana legal state, one having a chronic pain provision with access to medical dispensaries a possible option for you? Nothing’s much worse than living with chronic pain. Especially without a hope for relief. Best of luck.

          • David

            I’m sorry to hear about your situation and wish you the best of luck.

  • Denise Johnston

    The big question for me? Which State is further ahead in the process of eventual legislation giving people the opportunity to vote on the issue of legalizing Medical Marijuana, Texas or Oklahoma? I believed Oklahoma to be slightly more open to the idea, but The Weed Blog never does articles about OUR Political proponents who are working very hard to end prohibition, at least in a medical venue. Once you have it medically, regular legalization has been more likely to pass, at least as far as what we’ve seen in other States. The reason I joined this Blog was to follow the process that is happening in my State of Oklahoma. But I might as well cancel. My son gets more information from Norml and The Oklahoma Initiative to End Prohibition (not sure of its exact name). The Weed Blog never even did an article this past spring about the Oklahoma Petition that was circulated to bypass legislation and put legalization directly on the Ballot this past Nov. True, mistakes were made. In one instance I heard that thousands and thousands of names were discarded because the wrong paper was used and it was, after all, only a first attempt. The next admissible attempt will be more organized. Hopefully more money has been raised ahead of time in preparation since we know now that it is a more expensive process than we assumed the first time. And we could use advertising help from all Cannabis sectors. Articles in the Weed Blog could help. We got much much closer to getting the necessary signatures than was predicted we would get. The next opportunity will be bigger and better. Mark my words and prepare your younger friends who live in Oklahoma to make sure they’re registered to vote so that when the opportunity presents itself again, these people will already be able to sign the Legalization Petition.

    • psi2u2

      Maybe you should consider writing something up and submitting it as a guest post. I think there are a lot of issues to cover and not time or manpower enough to do so. You probably know more about what is happening in Oklahoma than most!

      • Denise Johnston

        I’m not sure how much that would help. I’ve written the stupid tea party republicans who are already standing with the DEA and the reason I, as a person with two diseases that cause chronic and difficult levels of pain, can’t find a pain management doctor in Oklahoma who will prescribe to me medications in strong enough dosages to give me even a few hours a day without intense pain. I don’t even like to blame the doctors (although some look upon you like your’re some kind of nut case). I just think these doctors are terrified that their licenses will be ripped away if the DEA is prescribing what they think is too much narcotics for pain relief. It’s a known fact that even people who need these meds to survive are considered addicts. It’s true that s tolerance is built up to opioids eventually, but that doesn’t make someone an addict. It makes them require higher doses of medication in order to get relief from pain. I would just like an opportunity to try medical Cannibus to see if it will help control my pain. I couldn’t do that here in Oklahoma even if I could buy it illegally because I get randomly drug tested and if even a trace is found I’m out! I no longer have a doctor and so I don’t have access to what little medication that I do take. Even not enough beats out nothing at all!!

      • Denise Johnston

        Wouldn’t do any good psi2u2! I’ve written my political bigwigs for my district. And I don’t need recreational Cannabis! I’ve got 2 diseases that both cause constant chronic, severe pain. Now that opioids are ineffective to me because of tolerance, not addiction, I need help from some other source cause this pain is going to wear out my body and I’ll probably die before my time. And guess who I have to thank for that? The DEA and the politicians who stand behind them. I don’t even blame the 5 or 6 doctors I’ve had over the last 15 years. Some of them really cared and tried to help. Guess where they are. No license, no practice, the unemployment line. So pain docs now are scared or careful or whatever you wanna call it.

        • psi2u2

          Hi Denise. Sorry to hear about your pain situation. My impression is that while it may not be entirely legal, you can probably obtain medicine via the internet without much fear of repercussions. This is just because the prohibitionists cannot keep track of the huge volume of exchanges happening this way. It is not worth their time and effort to try to stop it. This will not change our horrible laws but may help you personally, in case you haven’t considered that option. Just a thought. We need to keep active politically, but obviously you should not let your quality of life be dictated by morons like Andy Harris.

          Oops, as I see below you are subject to random drug testing….I’m out of ideas unless you can change that work situation. In any case, my suggestion above would work if you can get in a situation where you are not at risk for that.

    • David

      I have a family member who lives in OK. He uses one word to describe both Texas and Oklahoma when it comes to cannabis use there for any purpose: “Medieval”.Take Dallas, a city about the size of Seattle where possession of two ounces (or less) is subject to 180 days in the pokey plus a $2000 fine. They incarcerate people often and heavily there for simple possession, this via Texas’s corporate run private prison industry.

      • Denise Johnston

        Hate to tell you this David, but Texas ain’t no better than Oklahoma. No way no how.

        • David

          I would not disagree with you. I wish you and all others living in Oklahoma the best of luck on your endeavor’s. It pains me, as I have family history there. My Great-Grandfather participated in Oklahoma’s last Land Run when the Kiowa -Comanche lands were opened to settlement.

    • David

      The (unfortunately) now gone cannabis location website” webehigh.com” once said it best: “Oklahoma will be the last state t in the Union to legalize marijuana for any purposes”.

      • Denise Johnston

        Both my Son and Son-in-law would highly disagree with that statement.

        • David

          It’s my hope that webehigh’s statement will someday be proved wrong.

        • David

          The states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, claiming that Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana is unconstitutional under federal law
          This was a news article on the wire today. Terrible news.

          • JEANIE PHILLIPS

            that’s a lie I scream FREEDOM

      • Jordan

        I doubt Oklahoma will ever get on board with the marijuana legalization. As Oklahoma and another state made such a huge deal about Colorado about legalizing recreational use..saying “it is against the federal law and causing problems.” However I do think it will be either Texas or another central state that will expedite the legalization of medical and recreational use.

  • Susan

    I live in Texas and definitely want a bill to legalize medical marijuana at the very least. I would prefer it to be legalized for everyone but this would be a start. Having chronic pain and a host of other health problems has made me want to move from Texas to a state where I can get marijuana. I am sick of taking all these medications with all their side effects. Texas needs this!!!

    • David

      Governor “Good-Hair” is finally leaving, what are the odds his hand picked replacement will allow cannabis reform to occur there? Zero.

  • johndenton46

    i see it as inevitable in texas – sorry no upper case – oklahoma, all the states, due to the profound re- discovery of an important medicine, a true healer – and the horse is out of the barn on that; the public is paying attention.

    given the vast number of ailments suffered by a vast sea of americans that cannabis can help heal, it will gradually become a part of every household in every state for health reasons alone. recreational use will – and should – follow.

    • David

      Governor Good-hair allowed millions of Texans no access to healthcare under the provisions set by the ACA (aka Obamacare) simply due to his far right ideological view. His replacement, the former Lt. Gov. appears even harder set against legalization. Texas will legalize medical marijuana when shrimps whistle and pigs fly.

      • Apparition

        His replacement is the former attorney general.

        • David

          Ooooops.

          • James DuMouchel

            Good one!

    • Denise Johnston

      I don’t know you, but I hope you know a lot about it. I’m praying that you’re right and that it is inevitable in Texas and Oklahoma. But mostly in Oklahoma. It better come sooner than later for me. I am going to run out of time. My body is gonna give up. I had a friend who only had one of my 2 diseases. She was a year older than I am. Last week they found her dead in her bed. The reason for her death? Her body just finally gave up.

      • James DuMouchel

        Denise: Get outta Dodge! Go to CO or some medically friendly state. OK is ruled by old school authoritarians who will be among the last to relax. Your life is too important to be forfeited to overbearing politicians.

  • Apparition

    From what I hear here in Austin, bills for decrim, medicinal & legalization are all in the works. And this Rep. from El Paso is taking the lead on it.

    The strengthened presence of the MPP here is also welcomed !

    But we’re still a ways off from having any bill passed.

    It’s truly a shame that none of the “progressive” elected officials from the Austin area are willing to stand with Rep. Moody.

  • kingfish63

    FREE TEXAS, WHEN WILL THEY LET THE PUBLIC VOTE, TEXANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE FOR LEGALIZING, when and where will this take place , i hope soon

  • Ted Mishler

    Why not consider legalization?
    It is no state right, cannabis use is a human right

    • JEANIE PHILLIPS

      great reply along with that smile

      • Ted Mishler

        Why thank you:-)

  • firetheliberals

    having moved from the . east coast to texas in the 1970 s, weed was everywhere in texas. folks in texas love the herb. sadly, texas is a state of extremes, and weed laws are harsher than the reality of weed use. the question for texas is whether they want to keep the black market alive or take the money legally..

  • JEANIE PHILLIPS

    GOD BLESS YOU

  • shefik

    Fellow Texans write to your representatives about bill HB 507. If these politicians are worth anything, they will listen to the people they are supposed to represent. Yes legalization makes more sense, but this is a huge step for Texas. This would mean no more people in jail for possessing this plant, no criminal record, and just a $100 dollar ticket. A ticket sucks, but it’s 100 times better than what we do to people now. Not to mention we can stop having innocent people and police officers killed from police breaking into homes at night looking for a gram of weed.

  • phillip

    How many signatures is needed to help this law be passed

  • msantia5

    Living in Texas rn in McAllen at the moment I’m smoking the strain jack the ripper. It delicious and weed has always been legal in mind :p I’ve been slapped by cops by my first offense of P.O.M and came out clean every drug test while on patrol and started again but only at home. Enjoy the skunk xp

  • msantia5

    Human right once again

  • Melba Von Eye

    Notice, this bill is coming up for discussion in committee tomorrow. Write the members of the committee you can find all the emails on the texas legislature site. It is the

    Criminal Jurisprudence committee.

    http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/committee/?committee=220