Legislation That Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Possession Clears Texas House

Low-level marijuana possession – less than one ounce – would be reduced from a Class B Misdemeanor to a Class C (equivalent with a traffic ticket) under a Legislative measure that passed the House Monday in Austin. 

However, despite the encouraging news of H.B. 63, the possibility of turning the bill into law is still a big question mark thanks to the staunch opposition of Lv. Gov. Dan Patrick, the presiding officer in the Senate.

Under the bill, those found to be in possession of two ounces or less but more than one ounce of marijuana would be charged with a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a five of up to $2,000 and/or jail time.

Measures like this one and others to reduce criminal penalties or at the very least keep a marijuana charge from completely derailing someone’s future enjoy broad bi-partisan support. However, simply clearing the House floor isn’t cause for a victory lap just yet.

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