Texas: Decriminalization Bill Dies in House

Texas: Decriminalization Bill Dies In House

Share Tweet Share PinH.B. 81 is gone but not forgotten. A bill intended to lessen the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana expired last night in the Texas House, without receiving a vote. Considered deceased at the stroke of midnight, had House Bill 81 survived the political process to become law, the bill would have drastically reduced the penalties for individuals caught in possession with personal amounts of marijuana. Currently punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine, H.B. 81 would have allowed Texas law enforcement officials to issue tickets to individuals found in possession of less than 1 ounce of weed, according to the Statesman: “Under the bill, people issued those tickets would pay fines of up to $250, do community service or attend substance-abuse classes, but wouldn’t suffer the permanent stigma of having a criminal record and wouldn’t crowd local courts and jails.” Passed out of committee by early April and placed on the legislature’s...

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