Only a week after several other states including Florida and California voted to weaken marijuana restrictions, some Texas lawmakers are moving in the same direction.
Texas legislators presented several proposals to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the first day of bill filing for the 2017 legislative session. Introduced in the bills are proposals that would create a specialty court for certain first-time marijuana possession offenders, reduce criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and re-classify convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Voters in California, Maine, Nevada and Massachusetts approved recreational marijuana initiatives, adding them to a growing list of states — including Colorado and Washington — that have already approved the drug for recreational use. In addition to the recreational pot initiatives, voters in Florida, North Dakota and Arkansas also approved medicinal marijuana initiatives. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, 28 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico now allow comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs. [Read more at Fox 26]