April 25, 2019

HB 63 (Moody) Support  To be voted on in in the House of Representatives today. Bill  reduces penalty for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Has strong support from over 40 members of the House.

HB 335 (Dutton) Support  Committee report sent to Calendars Committee on April 24, 2019. This bill is similar to HB 63 in reducing penalties for small amounts of marijuana.

HB 3703 (Klick,et al) Support Reported favorably out of committee on April 24, 2019.    

April 13, 2019

HB 3703 (Klick,et al) Support (New)  Filed March 7, 2019. Allows patients with certain medical conditions to receive low dose thc-cannabis when prescribed by a physician. Bill referred to Public Health Committee on March 19, 2019, then sent to the Public Health Sub-Committee for Medical Marijuana on March 20, 2019. Considered in Sub-Committee on April 11, 2019.  Left pending in committee.

HB 63 (Moody) Support  Considered in Calendar Committee on April 11, 2019.  

April 4, 2019

Testimony was heard on April 1, 2019 for each of the bills listed below.  The League of Women Voters of Texas  registered in support of each bill  on the day of committee hearing. All are left pending committee.

March 28, 2019

A hearing is scheduled April 1,2019 by the Criminal Prudence Committee for the  following bills related to reducing penalties possession of marihuana. LWV-TX supports each one.

HB 335 ( Dutton), HB 371 (Allen), HB 753 (Wu), HB 1206 (Cole), HB 2518 (Toth).

March 21, 2019

HB 209 (Reynolds) Support  Relates to medical use of marihuana. Referred to subcommittee by chair of Public Health  Committee.

HJR 21 Reynolds Support  Proposed resolution for  an amendment to the State Constitution  related to medical use of marihuana. Referred to subcommittee by chair of Public Health Committee.

March 14  2019  HB 63 (Moody , etal ) Support  Bill is still pending in committee.

No other activity on bills related to drug laws still in respective committees.  

March 11, 2019

HB 63 (Moody,et al.) Support  Hearing was held March 4, 2019. Left pending in committee.

The League of Women Voters of Texas registered  in support of this bill.

Feb 28, 2019

HB 63 Moody,Hunter,Miller, Pacheo,   A hearing is scheduled on March 4, 2019 at 2:00 P. M.  Recommend registering in support of this bill The bill has  a provision to reduce penalty for possession of  one ounce or less of marihuana to a civil penalty not to exceed $250.00.  Note the additional sponsors of the bill.

February 21, 2019 All of the following bills a now in their respective committees

HB 63 (Moody) HB 335 (Dutton) Support Bills to reduce penalty for possession of small amounts of marihuana  are in Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

HB 209 (Reynolds, Beckley and Cole) Support Relates to medical use of marrihuana  and HJR 21(Reynolds) Support proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize and regulate the possession,cultivation and sale of cannabis for medical use are now in  Public Health Committee

February 14, 2019

No activity at the present under Drug Laws.

February 7 , 2019

House bills related to Drug Laws are still waiting assignment to committee.

January 15, 2019

Drug Laws and Policies

 

There is increased interest by state legislators for access and use of marijuana for medical use.

Legislative bills have also been filed to reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of  marijuana.

Bills Filed

HB 63 (Moody) Possession of less than one ounce does not commit an offense, liable for civil penalty not to exceed $250.

HB 335 (Dutton)  Relating to  the  penalties of one ounce or less of marijuana and  eligible for placement on community supervision service or a deferred adjudication community service for that offense.

SB 90 (Menendez) Relating to authorizing the possession, use, cultivation,distribution, transportation and delivery of medical cannabis for medical use by qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions and licensing of dispensing organizations and testing facilities;authorizing fees.

HB 209 (Reynolds) Relating to medical use of marihuana providing an affirmative defense to prosecution  of marijuana.

 

HJR 21 (Reynolds) A resolution to amend the constitution to authorize and regulate cultivation and sale of cannabis for medical use.