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.
“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.”