Category: Bills / Legislation

Time for marijuana policy reform in Texas

Phillip Martin is deputy director for Progress Texas. Zoe Russell is assistant executive director of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition. Our groups are two of over 25 coalition members of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. Read our take on the 2015 Texas Legislative Session and our plans for 2017. Marijuana policy reform can improve public safety, […]

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Open Letter to Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman

Update: Charges against Ms. Charnesia Corley of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana were dropped on August 14, 2015. Dear Sheriff Hickman, There is much to inquire about regarding an incident that occurred in the late evening of July 21 in Houston. A young woman was pulled over for a traffic violation, and, without consent, […]

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In a hasty vote, Texas lawmakers show their (lack of) appetite for marijuana research

On a bill that passed the House of Representatives by a margin of 135 to 8 to study “the benefits of providing integrated care to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder,” few Texas Republicans would accept the premise of including marijuana as part of the study’s scope. A stream of Texas veterans has been pounding the […]

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Bill Ending Marijuana Prohibition in Texas Passes Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 5-2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin, TX – May 6, 2015 – Just yesterday marijuana advocates were celebrating a bill passing out of the Criminal Jurisprudence committee that would create a civil penalty for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Today, a bill to wipe the whole slate clean on marijuana prohibition advanced out of […]

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Texas Bill Eliminating Convictions for Pot Possession Clears House Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin, TX – May 5, 2015 – A bill reducing penalties for marijuana possession was given new life after being reconsidered and voted out of Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Monday evening in the Texas House. House Bill 507, filed by Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso), would create a civil penalty for possession of […]

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Three Republican Representatives Co-Author Key Marijuana Legislation in Texas

April 16, 2015 Austin, TX – Three Republican lawmakers, Representatives David Simpson (R-Longview), Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), and Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), signed on to co-author House Bill 507, filed by Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso), alongside another 33 Democratic co-authors and 2 Democratic authors. House Bill 507 would change 0-1 ounce of marijuana possession from a […]

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First comprehensive medical marijuana bills filed in Texas House and Senate

March 13, 2015 Austin, TX – Two Texas lawmakers, Senator José Menéndez (D-San Antonio) and Representative Marisa Márquez (D-El Paso), each authored a bill to establish the legal possession, use, cultivation, and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. House Bill 3785 and the to-be-numbered Senate Bill would allow patients with cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, […]

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East Texas Republican Introduces Bill Abolishing Marijuana Prohibition

Austin, TX – March 2, 2015 – Texas State Representative David Simpson (R-7) introduced a bill Monday that would strike all language pertaining to marijuana from Texas Statutes, thus abolishing marijuana prohibition in the state. Representative Simpson’s HB 2165 harkens back to a time when government did not intervene in the control of marijuana. And […]

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RAMP Goes to Austin

Don Hooper I don’t remember when my mind began to change on the marijuana issue; but, I am confident that the Lee family (Ann Lee and Bob Lee) had something to do with it. I was extremely sad to learn of Bob’s recent passing. When my father passed away last year, Ann trimmed the obituary […]

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RAMP Statement on the Filing of the Texas Compassionate Use Act

Houston, TX – Today in Texas, Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) filed SB 339 and Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) filed HB 892, both relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis. RAMP has the utmost respect for Representative Klick’s and Senator Eltife’s advocacy for patients with epilepsy to have access to safe medical marijuana when […]

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