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Will Texas Really Reduce Penalties For Marijuana Possession?

A House committee voted Monday night to approve a measure that would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana punishable by a fine of up to $250 rather than jail time.

The approval comes just three days after the same committee voted to kill this and two similar bills. The bill’s author Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, said he had a long conversation Friday with Rep. Abel Herrero, D-Robstown, the committee chairman, about his concerns and amended the bill to address some of them.

The amended proposal provides an alternative punishment for indigent offenders, allowing them to complete up to 10 hours of community service instead of paying the fine. It also provides a defense for people caught with drug paraphernalia. [Read more at the Dallas Morning News]

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