Cannabis reform is the hot topic in the Texas legislature this week, with lawmakers holding hearings on multiple marijuana decriminalization bills, a proposal to expand the state’s medical cannabis program, and another piece of legislation concerning hemp regulations. The bills were separately scheduled for discussion in three House committees throughout the week, raising hopes for advocates that lawmakers may still advance cannabis reform this year despite setbacks from the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s ice storm. Five of the proposals that were heard in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on Tuesday would decriminalize possession of various amounts of marijuana by making it a class C misdemeanor, which does not carry the threat of jail time. The possession thresholds range from one to four ounces.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 04/07/2021 13:17:00