New TV Ad Pushing for Reduced Punishment for Marijuana Possession

Posted: May 12, 2015 5:43 PM CDT
By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

An ad released early Tuesday by the Coalition of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy has its eyes set on one goal, to reduce punishment for low-level marijuana possession.

The ad is focused on House Bill 507. If passed, the bill will remove the threat of arrest, jail time and criminal record if a person is caught with one ounce or less of marijuana. Instead, these offenders will face a civil fine of up to $250.

The Marijuana Policy Project made the ad on behalf of the coalition.

“The laws that are in the books are not working. They do not reduce the use of marijuana. They do not make it less available to children. What we need to have are sensible policies,” said Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director of the Marijuana Policy Project.

The ad will run in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin until Thursday at midnight as the deadline approaches for legislators to approve the bill.

“This bill is about good government and good public policy. It would help to streamline our very limited and valuable police and criminal justice resources. Something that affects all Texans,” said Fazio.

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