On May 11, new ground will be broken in Texas politics and the marijuana movement.
HB 81, to decriminalize marijuana from jail time to a simple ticket, will be heard by the full Texas House.
This is unprecedented as sensible sentencing reform has not been debated from the house floor since 1973, , when Texas changed their laws to their current state (previously, you could face life in jail for small amounts of possession).
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“This bill is about good government and efficient use of resources,” said Rep. Joe Moody, sponsor of HB 81, “Arrests and criminal prosecutions of low-level marijuana cases distract law enforcement and prosecutors, leaving fewer resources for violent crime.”