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Texas decriminalization bill tabled

Texas plans to decriminalize cannabis in 2019, in the form of a fixed fine

Representative Joe Moody introduced a bill (first introduced by Tom Angell of "Marijuana Moment"), on decriminalization Monday morning for the 2019 legislative session in Texas. The text of the bill proposes the fixed fine according to the quantity of cannabis.

Decriminalization, flat-rate fine, Texas

Decriminalization in Texas

The Texas Republican Party formally approved the decriminalization of cannabis in June. The party's platform now says it supports changing the law " to make cannabis possession a civil offense, not a criminal offense" page (in French).

Decriminalization, flat-rate fine, Texas
March for Cannabis organized by NORML in 2015. This is the first rally for cannabis reform in Texas. (Photo: Matthew Busch, for the Express-News)

If adopted, »a person who knowingly or intentionally possesses a usable quantity of cannabis, namely 28 grams, does not commit an offense, but is liable to a civil fine of up to $ 250 ", According to the text of the bill.

End of arrests for possession of cannabis

Moody's decriminalization bill would reflect this sentiment. This puts an end to arrests for possession of cannabis. Thus the law replaces the risk of imprisonment or the criminal record for "delinquents" by a simple fine.

Decriminalization, flat-rate fine, Texas
“Civil sanctions legislation is the first thing I tabled on the first day of tabling for the 86th Session. There has been an incredible wave of support since the last session, with both official Texas Republican and Democratic platforms endorsing this type of reform. - Joe Moody, in a press release.

Cannabis reforms are increasingly popular in the United States. In addition, politicians do not have much of a choice, they must adapt or fall behind. According to Gallup, two-thirds of Americans now support the federal legalization of cannabis.

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