On Wednesday, new legislation was approved that means a small victory for the marijuana users of Texas. Members of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee have allowed new laws that will allow Texans to use not only Medical Marijuana, but to access a marijuana delivery service for recreational purposes too.
The 7-person panel voted 5 to 2 in favor of the bill, which would mean that Texas could become the fifth state in America to legalize cannabis for the public’s recreational use. It’s a little early to start toking quite yet though as the bill has several more crossroads to clear and it is unlikely for the bill to get any further this year. It is still a step in the right direction, with officials showing support for marijuana, which is still classed by the federal government as a dangerous schedule 1 drug.
Great Cannabis News For Marijuana Supporters
Only 2 days before, this panel had voted on the decriminalization of marijuana, which again was a successful 4 to 2 vote on that bill. This first victory was the first time that a bill to legalize marijuana has ever been approved at this stage, so for two to be approved is certainly good news for cannabis supporters.
The current law means that those caught in possession of marijuana face jail time, which many believe is unfair, unnecessary and a waste of money for the taxpayer. New laws aim to reduce the numbers of people incarcerated for marijuana possession across Texas. Instead, law enforcement will have the power to give citations to individuals caught in possession of marijuana. There are other benefits for decriminalizing marijuana, with obvious reasons being the reduced rates of drug related crimes, an economy boost and a regulated system to make marijuana safer for those who do use it for recreational or medicinal purposes.
One particular member of the committee voting for the bill to legalize marijuana for recreational use gave his reason as “I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix.” David Simpson, a republican has conservative views and gave his support for the bill gladly.
Hopes For A Legal Marijuana Delivery Service To Be Available for All
The bill wont legalize the recreational use of marijuana completely however. Maintaining responsibility, the committee in making their final decisions decided to make a few amendments to the bill before voting. Unless they have parental supervision, minors will not be able to use cannabis, so this will still remain legal. Changing this section of the bill resulted in another yes vote from the panel.
The next group of voters to receive the bill will be the State House Floor Calendar committee, so marijuana users who are still waiting for a legal marijuana delivery service will no doubt be waiting with baited breath to hear the outcome of their decision.