Marijuana bill approved by Texas House may not make it to Senate floor

Posted at 5:12 PM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 19:24:51-04

BELL COUNTY, TX — A proposed marijuana bill approved by the Texas House may not make it onto the Senate floor.

The legislation looks to reduce the penalty for marijuana possession, making it no longer an arrestable offense. It would also make it more easily expunged from a criminal record.

“Too many people are getting arrested for minor possession. And in the state of Texas, over 66,000 Texans are arrested every year, and most of those are for minor possession,” said Karen Reeves, CenTex Community Outreach.

She has been vocal about cannabis reform for more than a decade.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick tweeted, “...#HB 63 is dead in the @Texas Senate. I join with those House Republicans who oppose this step toward legalization of marijuana.”

“Activists across Texas, we’re willing to go against that. We are still fighting,” said Reeves.

Opponents of the bill argue that these laws help curb the drug epidemic.

“We’re going to have to wait another two years before we introduce this bill again. Activists across Texas, we’re willing to go for the long haul,” said Reeves.

There are 22 states that have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana.

Other cannabis reform bills are still under review by lawmakers. One aims to legalize the farming of industrial hemp. Another looks at expanding patient access with many more diseases.