State Legislators To Consider Reducing Marijuana Penalties 3/11/13
AUSTIN - The Marijuana Policy Project, or MPP, issued a press release stating that Texas state legislators will consider reducing the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The release reads as follows:
AUSTIN – The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill to reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. CST in Room E2.016 of the State Capitol Extension.
Under H.B. 184, sponsored by State Rep. Harold V. Dutton Jr. (D-Houston), individuals found in possession of up to one ounce of marijuana would be charged with a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 and no possibility of jail time. Currently, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to $2,000 in fines, 180 days in jail, and the suspension of the individual's driver's license.
Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project and former Austin resident, will be testifying at the hearing.
WHAT: Hearing on H.B. 184, which would remove the possibility of jail time for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, hearing will be held upon adjournment of the House of Representatives session that begins at 10:30 a.m. CST
WHERE: State Capitol Extension, Room E2.016
WHO: House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
Rob Kampia, executive director, Marijuana Policy Project