Texas Lawmakers Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Texas Lawmakers Consider Decriminalizing Marijuana

Possession up to one ounce would result in a civil fine of up to $250 Possession up to one ounce would result in a civil fine of up to $250

AUSTIN, TX (KAUZ) -- Texas lawmakers are discussing a bill that could decriminalize marijuana possession in the state.

The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee held a hearing on House Bill 81 on Monday.

Under this bill, anyone caught with less than one ounce of marijuana would face a civil penalty, instead of being arrested or thrown in jail.

Under current Texas law, individuals found in possession of less than two ounces of marijuana can be arrested and given a criminal record, and they face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety there were more than 418,000 marijuana possession arrests from 2010 to 2015.

Retired Texas District Court Judge, John Delaney, said each marijuana arrest uses about 2.5 hours of an officer’s time.

DPS Sergeant Dan Buesing spoke with us about the current laws in place and how this change might affect law enforcement.

“As state police officer we are required to enforce the laws that are legislature sets and once that law gets out and we are able to follow it and enforce it then we definitely will,” said Buesing.

Adrienne Hagler, owner of High Flyer Specialty Store in Wichita Falls, shared her thoughts on if this bill is the next step towards legalizing marijuana in Texas.

Her response via email reads "There is a big difference between a reduction in penalties and legalization"

She goes on to say, the bill makes sense for Texas, both ethically and financially, but the state stills has a ways to go.

Sergeant Buesing said whether this bill passes or not, their job will always be to enforce the law.

Copyright 2017 KAUZ All Rights Reserved

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • 3 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    3 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:47 PM EST2018-02-25 19:47:44 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

  • Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:37 PM EST2018-02-25 19:37:04 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

  • After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:35 AM EST2018-02-24 15:35:23 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:09 PM EST2018-02-25 17:09:11 GMT
    The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)The progression has become numbingly repetitive - mass bloodshed unleashed by a gunman, followed by the stories of the fallen, the funerals and mourning. (Source: AP Photos)

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

    "Our kids have started a revolution:" Teens' activism after Florida school shooting has some hopeful for action on gun policy.

Powered by Frankly