Texas Legislature to Consider Decriminalization Bill – HB507
Posted on: January 23, 2015
The current Texas legislative session is an important one for marijuana activists! House Bill 507, a decriminalization bill introduced in December by Joe Moody (D-El Paso), will be debated during this Texas legislative session. You can read the entire bill here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/pdf/HB00507I.pdf
HB507 calls for the decriminalization of possession of marijuana in amounts less than an ounce. Under the proposed law, officers would not be able to make an arrest for possession in small amounts, but would seize the marijuana and issue a civil citation instead. The citation would include up to $100 fine and a court date. The court could choose to waive the fine in exchange for attendance at a substance abuse class or 10 hours of community service.
With recent polls showing 93% of Texans in support of decriminalization, prospects of passing the bill look good, assuming Texas legislatures listen to their constituents on the topic. Moody is hoping to have the bill passed by September, so make sure to contact your representative today and let them know where you stand on the issue.