Mar 122013
 March 12, 2013

texas house bill 184 marijuana decriminalizationThe following information was posted on Texas NORML’s website yesterday. Sorry for the delay. If there is any place in America that needs a bill like this to pass, it’s Texas! Below is the information:

COMMITTEE MEETING ACTION ALERT: Hello to all of our wonderful fans and freedom fighters. HB184 (Decrim for under an ounce) is scheduled for a public hearing tomorrow in the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, E2 (basement level), room 016. The Capitol is open at 7am and you can check in online as early as 8am, either from the Capitol using their iPads or your own iPad using the Capitol’s wi-fi. You can read more about creating an account ahead of time and how the process works from here, the video demonstration is particularly helpful as it shows each screen you will complete when registering: https://www.mytxlegis.legis.state.tx.us/hwrspublic/about.aspx

The hearing is scheduled for 10:30am, and our bill is listed as 2nd for the day, however we have been told by several legislative staffers that because the House members will be meeting at 10am, they’re not likely to be in the committee hearing room until 11 or 11:30am. We have reserved E2.024 near the hearing room for us to meet up and strategize while we wait for HB184. We are listed as 2nd in line, but they may call the bills out of order and get those that do not have witness testimony out of the way before calling ours or any others with witnesses signed in to testify. Each person who signs up as a witness and indicates that they’d like to tesity will have 3 minutes of time to tell their story before moving to the next witness.

We understand some of you may not be able to stay and testify at the hearing, but you can still show how much you support this bill and be an important part of the progress being made. If you’re not able to stay long at the Capitol or are not comfortable sharing your testimony publicly, just try and stop by sometime between 8 and the early afternoon or during your lunch tomorrow and sign in your support for the the bill using the info from the link we provided and just by doing that, you can help us by showing a greater strength in the number of those who want to change these bogus laws and stop punishing non-violent offenders. For more information on tesitying on an issue here in Texas, we’ve also added this link as well to help you feel more confident as you’re taking these steps as a citizen to help end this senseless war on our people:
http://www.texaswatch.org/consumer-tips/engaging-lawmakers/preparing-testimony/

Thank you all and Yes We Cannabis!

Source: Texas NORML

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  • Chad

    Whoop! I wish i could be there… stuck at my lame job in Dallas womp womp

  • Verano

    Aww I really would’ve driving up from Htown for this. Please post the results….you are absolutely right that if anyone needs decriminalization its TX.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carey.mckee Carey McKee

    Normal are you having a delay? I think this passed yesterday and you are failing to announce it! And it wonderful news that needs to be shared!!! THE BILL PASSED!!!!!!

    • john

      ????? did it

  • john

    did it pass ???

  • john

    carey talk to us did it pass??????

  • long2toke

    Results? Did it pass? Is it stalled? Come on… REPORT !!!!

  • therealBobMarley

    WOODSTOCK!1

  • A Texan
  • A Texan

    Progress on medical marijuana –

    http://legiscan.com/TX/bill/HB594/2013

    Now is the time to contact your legislators on both this bill and the one below for decriminalization.

    Be respectful and try to limit the length of your comments to less than a page (or equivalent) such as :

    Dear Honorable (Representative or Senator [insert their name])

    I’m writing you today in support of HB594/2013

    ( or whichever bill is applicable and if it’s a HB [house bill] then there is likely a similar Senate bill so use that number if it’s a Senator you’re writing to or perhaps ask them to sponsor one if there is none yet)

    (Elaborate is you like but keep it short)

    Example: I have health conditions that require me to use dangerous narcotics such as Vicodin. Medical research seems to indicate that marihuana can reduce or augment opiates in medical pain management with virtually no health risks, and many times eliminate the use of dangerous opiates altogether.

    I would like to be able to legally explore the use of marijuana for my conditions under the guidance of my pain management physician.

    For more information please see the Institute on Medicine 1999 report “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base” which you can find here:

    http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/sourcefiles/IOM_Report.pdf

    I would appreciate your support in this matter.

    Respectfully

    (your name)

    (your address)

    (your phone if you wish to accept calls from their office)

  • mike c

    Did it pass?

  • Ardie

    Did it.pass.