SAN ANTONIO — A push to decriminalize pot possession in Texas got a new boost today in Austin. An El Paso lawmaker’s bill would mean people caught with a small amount of weed would face the equivalent of a traffic ticket.

Right now, if you’re caught with less than two ounces of marijuana, you can be arrested, given a criminal record, and face up to six months in prison and a $2,000 fine. The proposed law would change that to a fine of no more than $100 and no jail time.

Members of the Marijuana Policy Project, working with State Representative Joe Moody, said there is an arrest for marijuana possession in this country every 48 seconds. But with marijuana possession decriminalized, the group said authorities could focus attention on crimes of a more violent nature.

Right now four states have legal marijuana, D.C. voters voted to make it legal, and 15 other states have decriminalized it.

Jeremy Bui, owner of Supreme Smoke in San Antonio, said Texas needs to be next because pot is no worse than alcohol. “There’s people actually dying and overdosing from drinking and you don’t get that with smoking marijuana,” said Bui

Now that the bill has been filed, the next step would be for the speaker of the house to send it to committee, followed by a hearing and a house vote.

If it passes in the house, the same steps would be taken in the Senate, and then it would have to be signed into law by the Governor. If the process goes all the way, marijuana could be decriminalized in the state by next May.

We hope to see one day Marijuana dispensary for our Texas readers.



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