Free The Weed- Republicans Talk Marijuana
(SAN ANTONIO) - Republicans met in San Antonio last weekend and they
agree- free the weed (just a little).
There were a lot of Republicans in San Antonio last weekend as they made their way to the 2018 Texas Republican Convention. During the convention there were over 300 proposed platform planks as we approach the January 2019 legislative session. The 'Don't Mess With Texas' Republican Party seems to have a 'weeded' through the red tape and found that they are in support and agree that the elected officials of Texas should take the marijuana issues to legislation.
Currently, Texas is under the Texas Compassionate Use Act (enacted in 2015, Senate Bill 339) where 3 Texas dispensaries have been licensed to produce low level THC to epilepsy patients, read more about the 2015 Senate Bill at www.dps.texas.gov. Though, after this weekend, the elected officials have the back up to go fight to expand the bill. In addition they also want to decriminalize marijuana. Republicans are looking at this move not only because it makes sense but also to have a commodity within industrial agricultural hemp. They will also be asking Congress to slash marijuana off the Schedule 1 drug list.
The plank that was voted on, according to the Texas Tribune, read, "We support a new change in the law to make it a civil, and not a criminal, offense for legal adults only to possess one ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, punishable by a fine of up to $100, but without jail time."
So are the jails opening the front doors to let previously convicted people out who are behind bars for marijuana? We aren't sure as we are not even into the 2019 legislative session, but one would think if laws or enacted acts of policy are withdrawn and/or lowered drastically then that would be the case. Naturally you would believe that they would re-look at all convictions made where people are still behind bars for something that Republicans are stating they will fight to 'decriminalize'. Decriminalize the weed, decriminalize the person.
We will keep you updated as the 2019 legislative session begins in January.