This week has been exciting, but tough. After passing the House with a bipartisan supermajority (historic progress!), Rep. Moody’s HB 63 (marijuana penalty reduction) was promptly met with firm opposition from Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.
Many felt discouraged, but we’ve accepted the challenge! Thanks to your help, we’ve pushed back with thousands of calls and email to his office and other senators, including Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire, the longest serving member of the senate. He said, “I don’t believe it’s dead and I’m going to do the best I can [to round up support]. I’m trying to see if we have the votes in the Criminal Justice Committee to get it to the [Senate] floor.”
We need your support to keep fighting!
We’re busy providing educational and resource materials to senators, mobilizing grassroots action, and ensuring favorable media coverage. This week, our work was covered by Forbes, the Huffington Post, the Associated Press, CBS, NBC, Texas Public Radio, San Antonio Express, KLBJ 590 Radio, Spectrum (x3), Texas Tribune (x2), Austin American Statesman, and the Texas Observer.
Here’s the latest:
Contact the Lt. Governor to let him know you support sensible marijuana policy in Texas!
Call the Lt. Governor’s office: (512) 463-0001. Here’s what to say when you call:
“Hello, my name is ___. It has come to my attention that the Lieutenant Governor is standing in the way of important legislation, HB 63. This is a very important policy to me, which I believe should be instituted. Marijuana penalty reduction was supported by more than 80% of the Texas GOP when they voted to include the subject in their party platform. I am requesting that the Lieutenant Governor reconsider his position and allow for a hearing in the Senate on this bipartisan proposal.”
The legislative session ends on May 27, giving us just weeks to earn the support necessary in the Senate to pass HB 63.
Let’s keep pushing!