Push to Reduce Pot Penalties Begins in Austin

A bill to reduce pot possession penalties submitted ahead of the coming legislative session.

“We’re excited to see the reintroduction of a civil penalty bill here in Texas,” Heather Fazio said.

She’s with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, supporting House Bill 81.

“Instead of having criminal penalties that come along with an arrest, jail time, and, most devastatingly, the criminal record that follows an offender for life, what we’re looking to do is institute a civil penalty that makes it a ticket and a fine,” she said.

A similar possession bill did not move forward last session. She said this bill already has bi-partisan backing, specifically from Republican Rep. Jason Isaac.

“Well, we’re seeing momentum across the country and it is very exciting and we’re seeing no shortage of enthusiasm here in Texas,” she said. “So, we’re looking forward to seeing meaningful marijuana law reform instituted this coming legislative session.”

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