Voters In Five Texas Cities Will Decide On Marijuana Decriminalization In November, Activists Say

Voters In Five Texas Cities Will Decide On Marijuana Decriminalization In November, Activists Say
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Texas activists announced on Friday that they’ve collected more than enough signatures to qualify an initiative to decriminalize marijuana for the local ballot in Harker Heights. That’s the fifth city in the state so far in which organizers say they’ll be able to put cannabis reform before voters this November, and the move comes just about a month after a similar decriminalization measure passed in Austin. Now, advocates with the progressive group Ground Game Texas say they’ve exceeded the threshold of gathering valid signatures from more than 25 percent of registered voters to qualify the measure in Harker Heights for the upcoming midterm election. “Following the success of Prop A in Austin and the recent securing of ballot initiatives in Killeen and San Marcos, Ground Game Texas is proud to give Harker Heights residents the opportunity to decriminalize marijuana,” Julie Oliver, the organization’s executive director, said in a press release. “Ground Game Texas continues to demonstrate that popular policies around issues like workers, wages, and weed can help expand and electrify the electorate in Texas when they’re put directly in front of voters.” The Harker Heights Freedom Act would, if enacted, would mandate that “police officers shall not issue citations or make arrests for Class A or Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana offenses,” except in limited circumstances such as when investigating a violent felony or a felony-level narcotics case that has been “designated as a high priority investigation” by a top police official. On Friday we submitted hundreds of Harker Heights residents signatures who want to decriminalize marijuana! pic.twitter.com/2Hp7t0Vyyd — GroundGameTX (@GroundGameTX) June 6, 2022 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Also, the measure says police cannot issue citations for residue or paraphernalia in lieu of a possession charge. And they could not use the odor of cannabis alone as probable cause for a…

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