Texas Lawmakers To Debate Decriminalizing Marijuana

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Next week, Texas lawmakers are expected to debate a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in the state.

House Bill 81 would replace arrests and jail time with a civil fine for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The measure would make possession of one ounce of weed or less a non-criminal offense, punishable by a $250 fine.

The crime would be a Class B misdemeanor if the amount of marijuana was more than once ounce, but less than two. Those in possession of two ounces of marijuana, but less than four, would face Class A misdemeanor charges.

As it stands, anyone in Texas who is in possession of two ounces of marijuana or less faces a punishment of up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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  1. What happens to states that legalize cannabis??

    California legalized “medical cannabis” over 20 years ago. The truth is that recreational consumers are able to navigate the California “medical system” easily to obtain herb. Beyond the need of a $100 license and storefront doctor’s rubber stamp approval the mostly unregulated California cannabis industry has flourished. Any adult that wants cannabis can easily get some.

    20 years later and lo and behold California is still the 6th largest economy on the planet bigger than most countries in the world. We drive global computer hi-tech innovation forward in the Silicon Valley, and lead the way in aerospace. We host headquarters for numerous international corporate giants like Apple, Google, TRW, Oracle, Hewlett Packard, Tesla, Lockheed, Hughes, Yahoo to name just a few. California’s agriculture industry produces over $47 billion in products each year. Californians create lion’s share of video and musical entertainment media for the world. Annually over 243 million tourists flocked to our state spending upwards of $120 billion. Other than that we’re just stoned, slow and lazy!!

    Please also note that there isn’t a single police agency in the state of California or in the United States for what I’ve read that even keeps a statistic on fatal auto accidents caused solely by cannabis. Alcohol and other hand is directly responsible for over 16,000 traffic deaths per year in the United States.

    As of last November California cannabis is now completely legal “again” and the biggest changes to be expected are a billions dollars that went to black market criminal enterprises will become legitimate business and the state will receive millions in much needed tax revenue.

    The takeaway from all this is that cannabis prohibition was and is a gigantic fraud that delivers the multi billion dollar revenues from the industry directly into the hands of criminals while needlessly destroying the lives of consumers.

    Enough with the lies, Legalize, regulate and tax!!!

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