As as active member of 420 live chats, I’ve personally connected with avid pot users who live in Texas, and have struggled, or better yet foreseen no near future for medical marijuana in the state. Currently, marijuana possession of 2oz or less (that could be a single nug) is a class B misdemeanor and punishible for up to 180 days in jail and up to $2,000 in fines. Possession of hashish or concentrates is a crime. If hashish or concentrates is less than one gram, the offense is considered a state jail felony punishable by term of imprisonment no less than 180 days and no greater than 2 years and a fine no greater than $10,000.
But things are definitely turning around, even in Texas. Although the state has some of the harshest laws against marijuana, Twenty-eight other states have made cannabis medically legal and in recent years, it’s also become increasingly clear that some of the Texas’ top law enforcement officials want change when it comes to pot.
Trying to pass marijuana legislation in Texas “is akin to trying to clean the Statue of Liberty by licking it,” State Representative Harold Dutton said in an interview with Houston NORML.
Today, December 6, 2016, a Texas state senator by the name of Jose Menendez joined several patients for a press conference about a bill Menendez filed that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. This bill would allow patients with “debilitating and chronic medical conditions” to receive prescriptions from their doctors for pot.
“Doctors, not politicians, should be determining what is best for Texas patients,” Menendez said in the release. “This is legitimate medicine that can help a of variety people, from the grandmother suffering from cancer to the veteran coping with PTSD after returning home from war.”
Menendez also co-authored a limited medical marijuana bill that passed last year called the Compassionate Use Act, which legalized low-THC cannabidiol oil for patients with epilepsy. This could mean big things for the future of the mmj community in the big state.
I know individuals will have mixed feelings as always when it comes to change, but I believe this is a huge step forward and as put so well by the State Senator, it should be up to the doctors to decide. Here at everything 420, we are always happy to see innovation for anything 420. GO TEXAS