Marijuana Related Bills in the 2015 Texas Legislature

Posted on: March 30, 2015

This page lists each of the cannabis related bills in the 2015 Texas Legislature as well as the committees the bills have been referred to, names and phone numbers of committee members.

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Note: HB stands for House Bill and SB stands for Senate Bill.

Marijuana Prohibition:
HB 2165 – (Rep. David Simpson) repealing marijuana prohibition in Texas by striking all references of marihuana from Texas law.
Referred to the Criminal Jurisprudence committee pending public hearing on 4/23/15

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Marijuana Decriminalization:
HB 507/SB 1417 – (Rep. Joseph Moody/Sen. Rodney Ellis) reduces possession of an ounce or less of marijuana to a $100 fine and a civil penalty.

HB 507: sent to Criminal Jurisprudence committee on 2/16/15.
SB 1417: referred to Criminal Justice Committee on 3/18/15.

HB 325 – (Rep. Gene Wu) reduces the penalty for possession of 0.35 ounces or less of marihuana to a Class C misdemeanor. Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence committee on 2/16/15

HB 414 – (Rep. Harold Dutton) decreases possession of less than two ounces to a Class B misdemeanor, and less than four ounces to a Class A misdemeanor. Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence committee on 2/12/15.

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Medical Marijuana:
HB 3785/SB 1839 – (Rep. Marisa Marquez/Se. Jose Menendez) authorizing the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of whole plant cannabis for medical purposes.

HB 3785: referred to Public Health Committee on 3/23/15
SB 1839: referred to Health & Human Services committee on 3/25/15

HB 892/SB 339 – (Rep. Stephanie Klick/Sen. Kevin Eltife) provide for medical use of CBD only (low-THC) cannabis and it’s regulation.

HB 892: referred to Public Health committee on 2/25/15
SB 339: referred to Health & Human Services committee 2/18

HB 837 – (Rep. Elliott Naishatat) provides an affirmative defense to patients in court permitting them to tell jurors that they use marijuana in a medical capacity. Referred to Public Health committee on 3/3/15.

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Industrial Hemp:
HB 1322 – (Rep. Joe Farias) legalizes industrial hemp production for Texas farmers.
HB 557 – (Rep. Joe Farias) legalizes hemp for research purposes.

Referred to Agriculture & Livestock committee 3/5/15, Public Hearing on 3/18/15, now pending in committee

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Asset Forfeiture:
House Bill 3171 – stops police from taking assets and cash from people who have not been convicted of a crime.

Referred to State Affairs committee 3/24/15.

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The following is a list of names and phone numbers for the members of the committees that these bills have been referred to. Please call and show your support for the above listed bills!

CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE COMMITTEE
Chair: Rep. Abel Herrero 512-463-0462
Vice Chair: Rep. Joe Moody 512-463-0728

Members: Rep. Terry Canales 512-463-0426
Rep. Todd Hunter 512-463-0672
Rep. Jeff Leach 512-463-0544
Rep. Matt Shaheen 512-463-0594
Rep. David Simpson 512-463-0750

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HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE
Chair: Rep. Myra Crownover512-463-0582
Vice Chair: Rep. Elliott Naishtat 512-463-0668

Members: Rep. César Blanco 512-463-0622
Rep. Garnet Coleman 512-463-0524
Rep. Nicole Collier 512-463-0716
Rep. Sarah Davis 512-463-0389
Rep. R. D. “Bobby” Guerra 512-463-0578
Rep. Rick Miller 512-463-0710
Rep. J. D. Sheffield 512-463-0628
Rep. Bill Zedler 512-463-0374
Rep. John Zerwas 512-463-0657

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SENATE COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Chair: Sen. John Whitmire 512-463-0115
Vice Chair: Sen. Joan Huffman 512-463-0117

Members: Sen. Konni Burton 512-463-0110
Sen. Brandon Creighton 512-463-0104
Sen. Juan Hinojosa 512-463-0104
Sen. José Menéndez 512-463-0126
Sen. Charles Perry 512-463-0128

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HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK
Chair: Rep. Tracy O. King 512-463-0194
Vice Chair: Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson 512-463-0135

Members: Rep. John Cyrier 512-463-0682
Rep. Mary E. González 512-463-0613
Rep. Matt Rinaldi 512-463-0468
Rep. David Simpson 512-463-0750
Rep. Drew Springer512-463-0526

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
State Legislative website: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
For Senate & House member info, bill tracking, committee assignments, etc.

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To report something we’ve missed or any inaccuracies, please email steve@dfwnorml.org.

Last Updated: Friday 3/27/15