Article: Citizens’ Group Forces Texas Cities to Criminalize Cannabis

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Denton, Texas — Denton may be the next city to join Texas’ growing list of criminalizing cannabis. It is thanks to the efforts of a small civic group in the town.  Writes Texas News Today Members of the city council agreed to discuss options that could vote for the ordinance, at least during future work sessions. This issue was brought to the council members by the group Decriminalize Denton. The group is making a second attempt to promote non-criminalization after the previous attempt has not progressed. “Prohibiting the arrest and citation of misdemeanor-level cannabis crimes in the city of Denton,” said group leader Tristan Seikel. Mr. Sekel also said his group wants to stop the taxpayer’s dollars used for the expensive testing of low-level criminals required for prosecution. He said he has been promoting such a move at the local level since he was a student at the University of North Texas and saw such arrests ruining the lives of small amounts of plants. The University of Texas, the Texas Tribune, and Texas have made a dramatic shift to support legalization anyway. The decriminalization of Denton member Stanton Blusher has directly seen the life-changing consequences of low-level cannabis arrests. “I was actually selling it,” said Blusher, who said he sold cannabis at his homes in California and Denton because of its medicinal properties. “I was arrested here, but I was a businessman in San Diego.” As a medical cannabis user, Blasser said he chose to seize the opportunity to sell here and saw the results, but said the aftermath of a felony was an experience, to say the least. Mr. Brusher said the prosecutor gave him so much more than the rulings he might have faced, but when he began probation, he was in Texas Cannabis Control Law. I found…

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