Lawmakers discuss new bill lessening marijuana penalties - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lawmakers discuss new bill lessening marijuana penalties

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AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) -

Texas lawmakers are considering lessening the penalties for those caught with small amounts of marijuana. They held a hearing in Austin today to discuss such a bill.

Currently, possession of two ounces of marijuana or less is a class B misdemeanor, which means up to $2000 in fines, 180 days in jail and the suspension of the individual's driver's license.

But under the proposed bill, individuals found in possession of up to one ounce of the drug would be charged with a class C misdemeanor. This would lessen the penalty to a fine of $500 dollars and no possibility of jail time.

Rob Kampia, the head of the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation's largest marijuana policy organization, testified in support of removing the threat of jail time for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Marijuana Policy Project has been responsible for changing most state-level marijuana laws since 2000.

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