Texas Decriminalization Bill Stalls Before House Committee

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Pushed by State Rep. Joe Moody (D- El Paso), a Texas marijuana decriminalization bill is currently on life support in the special session of the state Legislature.

Meant to pressure Texas Gov. Greg Abbott into addressing the legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Texas, and to decriminalize low-level possession for personal use, House Bill 334 has been largely ignored by the Texas governor.

But according to My Statesman, Rep. Moody, who chairs the jurisprudence committee and sponsored the legislation, explained that “continuing to work on the bill now by soliciting input will better position it for success during the next regular session of the state Legislature in 2019.”

Introduced on July 9, 2017, the passage and implementation of House Bill 334 would make the personal possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil issue, not a criminal violation. House Bill 334 is similar to a bill sponsored by Rep. Moody last year that passed a critical committee before dying during the regular legislative session.

As Rep. Moody explained, “this is an opportunity to get a head start” on next year’s legislative agenda.

The Texas representative from El Paso said he doubts the governor will voluntarily add the legislative issue to the state special session.

Keep the faith, Texas.

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  1. As a new mother I was unfortunate with having two types of Depression- Bipolar and Post Partum. I am prescribed Zoloft to combat my everyday anxiety and depression. Unfortunately they do not work as well as I often hoped. They leave me numb, so much so it gets hard some days to feel emotionally attached to my husband and daughter. I used to smoke Marijuana before the pregnancy to help. It worked wonders. I slept normal hours, ate when i was supposed to and felt free. Free from crushing depression and anxiety disorders. If the legalization of cannabis does occur many young mothers, such as myself, will be able to live happier and healthier lives for themselves and their families.

    • Richard Peterson what the hell are you talking about????????? Store???? Syrup?????

      I just hope next election this so called governor Abbott will be put out to pasture and a real leader will take over the great state of Texas and allow the people to help make the decision to legalize cannabis for medical use. This antiquated ideology of the leadership of Texas is in great need of change and move from the tea totalling Southern Baptist to a more progressive and INFORMED leadership about the wonders of cannabis and not the 1938 refer madness propaganda pushed by our own government.

      • The good people of Texas, it seems, will continue voting in the GOP. We know how that’s working out at the Federal level! There’s some Democrats that need to go, too. Just hope it’s not by some Rethug who’s a anti cannabis drug warrior.

  2. Friday august 11 of 2017, Today was a good day until I was pulled over for a traffick stop in Harris county Texas, 2 ounces of marijuana and my personal equipment/preference of medication. The Texas state trooper did his job very well to say the least. I was charged with a class a misdemeanor and was sent home with a paper from the MMDP misdemeanor marijuana diversion program. The United States of Amarica is indeed being fair by providing these 90 day programs. However as a citizen of the United States of America and resident of Texas I simply point out the fact that this country will not better if your pulling over the hippie who suffers from social anxiety vs the alcoholic violent individual destroying the country. No medicine long weeks of work/social anxiety. Nobody wins here. The marijuana industry is a gold mine waiting to break the tip of the ice berg. Make amaerica greater

  3. Funny when I realized my husband was a wife beater when I called him a name…he got this angry look and then punched me in the face breaking my nose. This was way back in 1979. I had to have it set back and to my relief there was MEDICAL COCAINE in liquid form. They dipped guaze wrapped in forceps and shoved it up my nose. This was not some 80’s party with some gratuitous Cuban perhaps named Tony Montoya offering me lines (as of course how young girls first try their Coke). Who passed that law that Doc Ear Nose And Throat could turn me on for the first time? Did they need to go through Congress and such or through some Redneck Republican Governor wearinv Cowboy boots booting it on to the agenda allow the use of that? And in 2009 I was ran over by a car and in ICU they gave me morphene for the pain.

    I don’t recall historically the big lobby parade over any narcotic. In a nation where the drug problems are historically set big Pharma like opiates??…why in the TEXAS HADES do you pay these so called law makers to scratch their behinds for years pondering on legality of such a tiny little drug like MARIJUANA? Such nonsense!

    • WE THE PEOPLE shall take action!! If you just so happen to read this take a great look at the time and era we are living in. It’s 2017 and Texas is about to release another state law that allows citizens to carry swords. Are you f****** kidding me. I pay my taxes for this crap to be sliding by and no consideration be taken LEGITIMATELY ITS TIME TO TAKE ACTION

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