The Texas House Committee endorsed a bill on decriminalization of marijuana on Monday, which will make ordinary possession punishable by a fine, without imprisonment and without having to submit to a criminal record of an individual. 2 are voted by the Criminal Justice Commission and are now heading to a separate panel responsible for putting the accounts on the debate calendar.
Possession of an ounce or less of cannabis will be punished with a fine of $ 250 for the first two offenses. The possession will then be considered a class C offense, which is still less punishment compared to current legislation. In its current form, the possession of two ounces or less is a class B offense punishable by a fine of up to $ 2,000 and up to 1
Earlier this month, the Commission held a hearing on legislation and listened to testimonies about the long-term effects of having a low level of cannabis on a person, and how abolition of criminal sanctions for possession could release law enforcement resources so that employees to be able to cope with more serious problems
Defenders hope that the whole Parliament will adopt a modest reform measure, although legislation provides for other cannabis policies, such as expanding here is the limited medical marijuana program in the state.
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] "We are very optimistic about the chances of HV 63 to go to Texas House floor, "said Heather Fazio, director of Texas for responsible marijuana policy. "Generally, legislators on both sides of the path agree that we should not lose valuable criminal justice assets that arrest and persecute people for small quantities of marijuana." Texas is ready. "
While the growth of medical cannabis, not to mention for adult legalization, remains a dubious prospect in the conservative fortress, the removal of the threat of prison for possession has gained popularity among Republicans in Texas, Texas Republican Party delegates have adopted a Platform for Platform "We support a change in the law to turn it into a civil and not a crime, for legitimate adults only to own an ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, punishable by a fine of up to $ 100, but without imprisonment, "said the board.
Moreover, politics has even received the green light from the government Greg About (R), who said he was open to legislation that would reduce sanctions just possession.
During a governor debate last year, the abbot said he does not want to see "prisons stacked with people who have small quantities of marijuana," and favors the idea of reducing the penalty for possession of class B marijuana to class crime C.
According to Texans, about the responsible marijuana policy, the legislation currently has 32 authors or co-authors
Lawmakers approve the bill on the legalization of marijuana in a key committee
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