Chairman James White’s HB 3772 will be heard by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Monday, April 19. House Bill 3772 reduces penalties for low-level possession of cannabis flower AND concentrates.
Here’s how you can help:
1) ACTION ITEM: Ask your representative to co-author HB 3772!
2) Submit written comments electronically. These comments will be included in the official legislative record and are a great way for you to show your support. Comments can be as simple as, “I support this legislation. Thank you for your consideration and service!”
You could also include a personal testimonial if you or a loved one have been impacted by prohibition. Remember to keep it concise and always be respectful when communicating with lawmakers.
(Note: Comments are limited to 3000 characters.)
A live video broadcast of this meeting will be available here when the hearing begins at or after 1pm on Monday. Follow this Facebook event for live updates and a link to the live stream.
Thank you for your support!
Texans overwhelmingly support reducing penalties
According to a 2021 report by the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs, 77% of voters in Texas support a change in the law to limit punishment for the possession of small amounts of marijuana to a fine of $250 without jail time.
Save tax-funded resources for serious crime
- Even after the legalization of hemp and with diversion programs in every major metro area of the state, DPS reports more than 45,000 arrests or citations for marijuana possession in 2019.
- During the same year, 92% of all burglaries — including home invasions — and 89% of all motor vehicle thefts went unsolved by law enforcement.
- Money spent enforcing current laws and arresting, jailing, and supervising people should instead be devoted to pursuing serious criminals.
Texas should eliminate collateral consequences of a criminal record
- Indirect consequences for possession can be worse than the punishment and can last a lifetime. Young adults can find careers, new job prospects, housing options, and educational opportunities cut short because of a criminal record.
- More than half of the U.S. population has tried marijuana, including several who have gone on to become President of the United States. Those who get caught, however, can have their lives derailed after getting a criminal record.
- Criminal records for simple marijuana possession has a significant effect on our economy by limiting our workforce.