Activists in San Marcos, Texas have launched a campaign to put marijuana decriminalization on the local ballot in 2022. The goal is to remove all municipal criminal penalties for simple cannabis possession, building on other criminal justice reforms the group has advanced such as establishing a public defender’s office in Hays County. Advocates with Mano Amiga say they will formally begin the petition process in the spring of next year. The text of the proposed initiative is not yet available. “It is well past time that we follow the footsteps of many cities and states in the United States to not criminalize possession of cannabis,” Eric Martinez, policy director for Mano Amiga, told KUT. The group will need to turn in valid signatures from at least 10 percent of registered voters in order to place the marijuana reform on the ballot.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 09/15/2021