While Texas is usually seen as a pretty anti-marijuana state, one legislator is attempting to decriminalize cannabis.
Democratic State Representative Joe Moody introduced a bill to decriminalize marijuana in Texas. Moody's bill was filed as part of Texas's pre-legislative session filing period, meaning this will be one of the bills considered when Texas's new legislative sessions begins in January. Moody believes now is the time for decriminalization to happen.
“Civil penalty legislation is the first thing I’ve filed on the first day of filing for the 86th Session," Moody said in a press release. “I’m optimistic that this will be the session we finally see smarter, fairer marijuana laws in Texas.”
While normally a pro-marijuana bill in Texas would be dismissed as unrealistic, this one actually has a chance. Earlier this year, the Texas State Republican Party adopted a new party platform to decriminalize marijuana. Moody's bill would simply accomplish what the state's Republican Party says they already want.
So if the Republican Party does legitimately support decriminalization, as opposed to simply saying they are as a political maneuver, then this bill should pass very easily.
(h/t Marijuana Moment)