Texas Marijuana Policy Update – 7 Weeks Left in Session!

Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy is a nonprofit advocacy organization working with a broad political coalition to advance sensible marijuana law reform in Texas.

Medical Marijuana

All medical cannabis bills in the House are scheduled for a hearing this Thursday, April 11. For the first time, the Public Health Committee has designated a medical cannabis specific subcommittee. There are several ways you can show your support:

  • Email your legislators to express your support.
  • Sign up in support of the bill at the Capitol on Thursday. (Instructions and a video demo.)
    **When visiting the Capitol, please always dress professionally.**
  • Submit testimony to share your personal or professional experience. Testimony can be provided several ways: written and submitted via email, written/printed (12 copies) and submitted in person on the day of the hearing, or verbally to the committee (3 minute limit).

Can’t make it to Austin? Contact your legislators now and follow this Facebook event for live updates, including a link to the live stream.

We’re 70% of the way to our fundraising goal and closer than ever before to bringing meaningful marijuana law reform to Texas! Will you pitch in toward our efforts in Austin?!

Marijuana Possession Penalty Reduction

Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Joe Moody’s HB 63 has been reported to the Calendars Committee and awaits scheduling for a debate and vote by the Texas House of Representatives. This bill reduces penalties for possession of up to 1oz. of marijuana, making it a civil penalty (fine only) for the first two offenses, then institutes a Class C Misdemeanor with an automatically deferred adjudication. (This will help people avoid a criminal record!) The proposal also eliminates the threat of arrest and jail time.

Rep. Harold Dutton’s HB 335, which makes up to two grams of marijuana a Class C Misdemeanor, passed out of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee yesterday by a vote of 7-2. Under this proposal, there’s no threat of a jail sentence, but a person will still be arrested and faces a permanent criminal record if convicted.

Upcoming Events

Direct Action at the Capitol – Wednesday, April 10 at 11am
Working in teams, we’ll be delivering fliers to every legislative office in the Capitol. This week’s flier is dedicated to supporting medical marijuana, which will be having a big hearing the following day. First time advocates are welcome to join us. Details available here.

Second Chance TxMJPolicy Lobby Day – Tuesday, April 23 at the Texas Capitol
If you missed our big lobby day in February or simply want to hit the halls with again, this second chance lobby day offers the opportunity to visit your legislators’ offices in support of marijuana law reform. Details coming soon — for now, mark your calendar!

Mark your Calendar: Texas Marijuana Policy Conference – August 2019
We’re hosting the 2nd Annual Texas Marijuana Policy Conference in Austin this summer! Mark your calendar and keep an eye out for early bird registration. Conference speakers and panel discussions will include politics and advocacy, patient/caregiver resources, and information about the cannabis industry for entrepreneurs. We’re now accepting speaker recommendations now!

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. We’re getting close!

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