86th Texas Legislature – Pending Legislation (Updated)

The 86th Texas Legislature will convened on January 8th, but the pre-filing period began on Nov. 12. Lawmakers have introduced a record number of bills for consideration:

Reducing Penalties

HB 63 (Rep. Joe Moody) — Relating to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of certain small amounts of marihuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia; creating a criminal offense.
(TAKE ACTION: Email your representative in support of HB 63!)

SB 156 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) — Relating to the civil and criminal penalties for possession of certain small amounts of marihuana and an exception to prosecution for possession of associated drug paraphernalia; creating a criminal offense.
(TAKE ACTION: Email your senator in support of SB 156!)

SB 460 (Sen. Nathan Johnson) — Relating to reducing criminal penalties for possession of marihuana.

HB 335 (Rep. Harold Dutton) — Relating to the penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana and eligibility for placement on community supervision or on deferred adjudication community supervision for that offense.

HB 371 (Rep. Alma Allen) — Relating to the prosecution of and penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana.

HB 551 (Rep. Terry Canales) — Relating to the prosecution of and criminal penalties for the possession of marihuana concentrate; creating criminal offenses.

HB 745 (Rep. Gene Wu) — Relating to the prosecution of and penalties for possession of 0.35 ounces or less of marihuana.

HB 1206 (Rep. Sheryl Cole) — Relating to the prosecution of and penalties for possession of marihuana.

SB 760 (Sen. Nathan Johnson) — Relating to the prosecution of and criminal penalties for the possession of marihuana concentrate; creating criminal offenses.

HB 1719 (Rep. Senfronia Thompson) — Relating to the penalties for the possession of small amounts of Penalty Group 1 controlled substances and marihuana.

Medical Cannabis

SB 90 (Sen. Jose Menendez) — Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees.
(TAKE ACTION: Email your senator in support of SB 90!)

HB 1365 (Rep. Eddie Lucio, III) — Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, processing, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing a fee.

HB 209 (Rep. Ron Reynolds) — Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and the licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities; authorizing fees.

SB 400 (Sen. Royce West) — Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and terminal illnesses and the licensing of dispensing organizations and cannabis testing facilities; authorizing a fee.

HB 1187 (Rep. Leo Pacheco) — Relating to prescribing low-THC cannabis to certain patients for compassionate use.

HB 1338 (Rep. Leo Pacheco) — Relating to prescribing low-THC cannabis to certain patients for compassionate use.

HB 1405 (Rep. Shawn Theirry | Rep. JoeMoody) — Relating to the prescription of low-THC cannabis by certain qualified physicians for certain patients diagnosed with a terminal illness.

SB 865 (Sen. Kirk Watson) — Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by patients with certain qualifying medical conditions and the licensing of medical cannabis dispensing organizations; authorizing fees.

Hemp

HB 1325 (Rep. Tracy King) — Relating to the production and regulation of hemp and products made from hemp; requiring authorization to produce hemp; authorizing penalties; authorizing fees.

SB 116 (Sen. Jose Menendez) — Relating to industrial hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

HB 989 (Rep. Ryan Guillien) — Relating to industrial hemp; requiring an occupational license; authorizing fees.

HB 1230 (Rep. Alex Dominguez) — Relating to the production and regulation of hemp.

HB 1657 (Rep. Roland Gutierrez) — Relating to the production and regulation of hemp.

Other

HB 122 (Rep. Gina Hinojosa) — Relating to the medical use of marihuana; providing an affirmative defense to prosecution for possession of marihuana.

HB 186 (Rep. Terry Canales) — Relating to the determination of the weight of marihuana and other tetrahydrocannabinols for the purpose of the prosecution and punishment of the offense of possession of those substances.

HB 1013 (Rep. James White) — Relating to repealing automatic driver’s license suspensions for certain drug offenses.

HB 1196 (Rep. Terry Meza) — Relating to changing statutory references to marihuana to cannabis.

HB 1228 (Rep. Matt Shaheen) — Relating to political subdivision regulations, including zoning rules, concerning the cultivation, production, dispensing, or possession of low-THC cannabis.

HB 691 (Rep. James White) — Relating to repealing automatic driver’s license suspensions for certain drug offenses.

Resolutions for Constitutional Amendment

(Joint resolutions are different than bills. Here’s how.)

HJR 21 (Rep. Ron Reynolds) — Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use.

SJR 7 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) — Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis for medical use.

SJR 8 (Sen. Jose Rodriguez) — Proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis.

HJR 17 (Rep. Richard Peña Raymond) — Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the taxation of the sale or use of certain prescription medicine. (Would allow medical cannabis to be taxed.)

HJR 66 (Rep. Donna Howard) — Proposing a constitutional amendment dedicating the net revenue from any tax on the sale or use of cannabis or marijuana to public education.

This list will be updated as marijuana-related bills are introduced.

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