Last Tuesday in the Texas legislature, an important piece of legislation – HB 184 – was introduced and referred to the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee of your Texas House of Representatives. Once in committee, committee members either do nothing (the bill dies) or they refer the bill for consideration by the full house. HB 184 seeks to reduce penalties In Texas for minor possession of marijuana; and is a step toward legalization.
Ironically, with the majority of Texans supporting the legalization of marijuana, many of our representatives are afraid to vote FOR this type of legislation because they don’t feel their constituents support such measures. It is up to US, their CONSTITUENTS, to let our leaders know how we feel! Write a letter, make a phone call, send an e-mail, post on their Facebook timeline or tweet! – especially if one of these committee members is your own representative!
So, who sits on the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee in control of the fate of HB 184? Check the list below. Then get busy and make your voice heard!
Abel Herrero, Chairman – District 34 – Hidalgo Co (part)
Phone: (512) 463-0462
Facebook: Abel Herrero
Other Info: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/abel-herrero/
Stefani Carter , Vice Chair – District 102 - Dallas Co (part)
Phone: (512) 463-0454
Other Info: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/stefani-carter/
Terry Canales – District 40 – Hidalgo Co (part)
Phone: (512) 463-0426
Other Info: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/terry-canales/
Bryan Hughes – District 5 – Camp, Morris, Rains, Smith (part), Titus Wood Cos.
Phone: (512) 463-0271
Other Info: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/bryan-hughes/
Jeff Leach – District 67 – Collin Co (part)
Phone: (512) 463-0544
Other Info: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jeff-leach/
Joe Moody – District 78 – El Paso Co (part)
Phone: (512) 463-0728
Other Info: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/joseph-moody/
Matt Schaefer – District 6 – Smith Co (part)
Phone: (512) 463-0584
Other Info: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/matt-schaefer/
Don’t know who your representatives are? Find out! Enter your address for a complete listing of who represents you in Washington as well as here at home in Texas: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Address.aspx
Don’t let HB 184 die in committee! Do you part!
Many of these representatives are on Twitter, so send them a tweet and include the hashtag #HB184. Here’s a sample tweet for you:
Howdy @TerryCanales40! Texans are ready to reduce the harms of #cannabis #prohibition. We demand you support #HB184! @dfwnorml
Call them. Leave messages on Facebook. Tweet at them or send a pre-written email by using this link: http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=62316351
We’ve compiled this information to help make your voice heard. It’s up to us to let the politicians know that this is what the people want make a commitment to contact your representative and together we’ll continue ending cannabis prohibition one Texan at a time.