Texas House Bill 63 would lower the penalties for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, making it a fine-only offense with no jail time. The House approved the measure by over 60 votes. Its chances of becoming a law, however, are slim. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that the bill will not get a vote in the Senate, that the bill is effectively dead.
“The majority of Texans think that marijuana possession should be decriminalized, including a majority of Republicans,” Kelly says.
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– How decriminalizing marijuana could benefit the criminal justice system
– Why reducing penalties for possession could benefit individuals
Written by Shelly Brisbin.