Texas: HB 63 to Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession

Rep. Joe Moody’s House Bill 63!
No arrest, no jail time, and an opportunity to avoid a criminal record for one ounce of marijuana or less.

HB 63 — Policy Overview:

  • Possession of an ounce or less of marijuana would be a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $500, but no jail or drivers license suspension.
  • Upon payment of fine and plea of no contentre (or guilty), a case will be automatically deferred once a year, allowing the individual to avoid a criminal record if the judge’s orders are followed (completing community service and/or drug education course).
  • Dismissed cases would not generate a criminal record, which can follow a person for life and jeopardize employment prospects, housing, and educational opportunities.

Texas arrests more than 60,000 people annually for simple marijuana possession. This bill will ensure a better use of public safety resources and will keep people in school, in the workforce, and with their families.

Contact your senator in support of HB 63!

1) Send an email here: https://bit.ly/2WgBeNU
2) Find their phone number here: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

“Hello, my name is _______ and I am a constituent. I’m calling in support of Rep. Moody’s House Bill 63, a bill that will save valuable public safety resources by putting a stop to jailing people for small amounts of marijuana. The bill will also help people avoid a criminal record, allowing them to stay in school or the workforce. Please ask my senator to support Hb 63.”

View the bill here.

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