Texas Senate Advances Bill To Lower Penalties For Marijuana Concentrates That Already Passed The House

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A Texas Senate committee on Monday approved a House-passed bill to significantly reduce penalties for possessing marijuana concentrates, sending it to the full chamber for consideration. This comes as advocates step up their push for separate legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program and broadly decriminalize possession. But while the concentrates measure might be a modest reform in comparison, if enacted it would mark the first time that Texas has reduced penalties associated with marijuana since the 1970s. The proposal, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody (D), cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee in a 5-2 vote. It would create a new drug schedule for products containing THC that would carry lower penalties compared to their current felony classification. However, possession of up to two ounces of concentrates would still be a class B misdemeanor that carries the threat of jail time. The types of products that would be covered under the new category include oils, infused lotions and edibles. Meanwhile, advocates continue to hold out hope that bills to decriminalize marijuana and expand the state’s medical cannabis program will make it through the Senate after passing the House in recent weeks. “The Texas legislature hasn’t adjusted our state’s harsh marijuana penalties since the 1970s,” Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, told Marijuana Moment. “Finally, lawmakers are recognizing the disproportionate punishment for cannabis concentrates. This bill doesn’t get us where we want to go, but it’s a meaningful step in the right direction.” The decriminalization measure would make possession of up to one ounce of cannabis a class C misdemeanor that does not come with the threat of jail time. The House approved a cannabis decriminalization bill in 2019, but it did not advance in the Senate that session. When it comes to medical cannabis expansion, a House-passed…

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