Political Support toward Marijuana Decriminalization in Texas at an all-time High

iStock_000002161278XSmall.jpg Instead of automatically being arrested, Texas counties may allow police to issue citations to adults caught with less than four ounces of marijuana. Though possession is still a crime, the citation law was a definitely a step taken by the Republican-controlled 2007 Texas Legislature to alleviate the punishments associated with marijuana possession and perhaps lay the groundwork for decriminalization of the substance. In the current legislative session, where Republicans are again in control, another law has been proposed by State Representative Harold Dutton, Jr. that would improve Texas drug policy by reducing possession of one ounce of Marijuana to a Class C misdemeanor which could include a $500 dollar fine.
Such a step away from full criminalization would be an improvement in drug policy because a sharp reduction in the prosecution and incarceration of the estimated 75,000 people arrested for marijuana yearly in Texas (with more than 90% of those arrests for possession only) would translate into time and money better spent for courts, prosecutors, and police departments and a much-needed reduction of overcrowding in jails. Rep. Dutton is a member of the Texas Democratic party which as a part their official platform have endorsed the total decriminalization of marijuana and have, in my view, increased in popularity since the endorsement as seen by Democrats being elected in to the current Texas Legislature in numbers which ended the Republican super-majority in the House of Representatives. Apart from politicians supporting Marijuana law reform, Texas voters have also shown support for rethinking marijuana policy at the ballot box, as demonstrated not only by support for pro-legalization Ron Paul, but also by the election of Beto O’Rourke. In 2012 voters chose O’Rourke, a proponent of marijuana legalization, over an eight-term incumbent and opponent of legalization, Silvestre Reyes for Texas’s 16th congressional district.

By contacting your state representative you can show your support for more sensible approaches towards marijuana policy. Since most counties in Texas have chosen to not adopt the citation law yet, and because political support of a decriminalization bill, which would provide some relief for those caught with marijuana, has not yet become law, consulting a knowledgeable attorney for your legal troubles in this area is of utmost importance.

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