This week, the Texas House of Representatives will debate and vote on three cannabis bills!
Tuesday: House Bill 2593 would reduce penalties for cannabis concentrates. This proposal is incredibly important considering the outrageous felony charges currently assigned to even small amounts of cannabis oils, waxes, and infused edible products.
UPDATE: HB 2593 passed with a vote of 108-33. The bill is now on its way to the Senate for consideration.
Wednesday: Our representatives will consider HB 1535, a bill that aims to expand our state’s Compassionate Use Program. We support this legislation, but wish it went further. Click here to learn more about the bill, read our recommendations to improve the legislation, and contact your representative!
UPDATE: HB 1535 passed with an amendment to include all patients with PTSD, not just veterans. The bill was approved with a vote of 133-12 and advances to the Senate for consideration.
Thursday: The Texas House will vote on HB 441, which reduces penalties for possession of 1oz or less, making the offense a Class C Misdemeanor. It goes further to eliminate the threat of arrest and provides a chance for people to avoid a criminal conviction by offering an opportunity for deferral, dismissal, and non-disclosure.
UPDATE: HB 441 was approved by the Texas House! It advances to the Senate for consideration.
The House will convene at 10am every day this week, but there’s no way to know exactly when the cannabis bills will be considered. Watch the livestream here at 10am. Follow this Facebook event for live updates and notifications.
Several other bills are making their way through the process and may be coming up for a vote soon. Subscribe for email updates, notifications, and action alerts!