A Texas Senate committee on Monday approved a House-passed bill to significantly reduce penalties for possessing marijuana concentrates, sending it to the full chamber for consideration. Meanwhile, another panel advanced hemp legislation but not before adding language that would severely restrict delta-8-THC products. The moves come as advocates step up their push for separate bills to expand the state’s medical cannabis program and broadly decriminalize marijuana possession. While the concentrates measure that is advancing might be a modest reform in comparison if enacted it would mark the first time that Texas has reduced penalties associated with marijuana since the 1970s. The proposal, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody (D), cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee in a 5-2 vote.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 05/18/2021 12:07:00