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Texas Governor: No Marijuana Legalization Or Decriminalization This Session

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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 Comments

  1. newageblues on

    So Bull Connor was a drug addict, he drank bourbon every morning. Figures.

  2. newageblues on

    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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. jessie james on

    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

  6. jessie james on

    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

  7. Suomy Nona on

    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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. David, the trends show many more states will pass medical marijuana laws, and the trend will also continue that more states will fully legalize marijuana. Also in many states that did vote no, they’ve have anti billionaire backers and corporate backers come in and sway the election against its passing, Florida was a good example of that, also it was done in California. There is also a lot of money pouring into making it legal from businesses and wealthy people, and right now they’re winning the battle.

  11. Matt, just send his office about anything pro marijuana legalization and you’ll receive excuses they will use that he’ll stop anything with marijuana. Abbotts a fraud, and he will never represent the people over his ideology, and politics. He’s quickly digging his own hole, and if people will only get out and vote, this scumbag won’t be in office long, and maybe then will we get progress on the movement of this issue.

  12. The GOTP only use that to get elected, then it is only their freedoms and their liberty they represent, not ours. Abbotts just another pretender that got elected but represents himself , and his campaign contributors, not your freedom and liberty.

  13. Not With Abbott in office. He’s very anti marijuana, and he needs to be replaced asap if he refuses to represent what the people of Texas want, period.

  14. Unfortunately he’s talking about never signing into law anything to do with relaxing penalties, making medical marijuana legal, or recreational marijuana legal, and will use excuses to refuse it in this state, like the FDA has to approve it, or reasons for safety. He’s very , very anti marijuana, and will block anything presented to him by the legislators. Until he’s gone we’ll never make any progress, so the voters will have to vote if they really want change here, and we’ll also be another state heading for ousting the GOTP to promote and get change for our state that makes sense for the people, not their ideology.

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