Texas Marijuana Legalization
With the cannabis topic growing stronger every day and every year, many people believe it’s only a matter of time before it’s legalized everywhere in the U.S. And although we ended off the year with a total of 33 states either taking steps towards decriminalization, or just changing their laws altogether, we still have a long way to go before cannabis is legal in more or all of the mainly conservative states.
As far as Texas marijuana legalization, so far since Nov 12, 2018, there have been at least 12 bills filed discussing changing marijuana policies, specifically with further decriminalization for small amounts of cannabis. Some government officials have implied that they might be willing to consider changing possession of at least an ounce of marijuana from a Class-B misdemeanor to a Class-C misdemeanor, meaning someone would only be fined up to $1,000 and only serve up to 3 months in jail as opposed to possibly being fined up to $5,000 and serving 6-9 months in jail.
Now I know that isn’t full legalization like we were anticipating but when it comes to Texas, it’s gonna be one baby step at a time. Over the years, Texas has basically been their own Nation when it comes to these most issues, so I don’t think they’ll just jump on the recreational legalization bandwagon just because other states are deciding to move forward with it, including our border states.
But there are definitely many reasons to be optimistic about the marijuana laws changing here in the near future, and again not just because the majority of other states are making a big jump towards full legalization, particularly with our border states, but based off of recent bills passed.
Due to the Texas Compassionate Use Act passed in 2016, we are now a state that has only a few but very functioning dispensaries here in Texas. As of right now, patients who are diagnosed with intractable epilepsy can only be prescribed CBD (cannabidiol oil) but many doctors believe they are barely scratching the surface in terms of actually curing and healing these people because they are limited to very low
According to the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, it’s likely that they will maybe tweak the recent bill passed in 2016, The Texas Compassionate Use Act, to give local doctors more freedom in choosing which treatments would work best for their patients.
Cannabis has been illegal in the U.S since 1937, so that’s over 75 years of demonizing this drug and the people that use it. It wasn’t until 1996 when California became the first state to approve cannabis for medical purposes.
With that being said I believe Texas marijuana legalization will happen here within the next 4 years because while there are still many government officials and lawmakers who still have that outdated view on marijuana, there are many outspoken and progressive leaders in
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