Texas Activists Turn In Signatures To Put Marijuana Decriminalization Back In Voters’ Hands After City Council Repeal

Texas Activists Turn In Signatures To Put Marijuana Decriminalization Back In Voters’ Hands After City Council Repeal
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Texas activists have turned in what they say are enough signatures to place a measure on the Harker Heights ballot to reverse a City Council move that repealed a voter-approved marijuana decriminalization initiative. Ground Game Texas, which was behind a number of successful local decriminalization measures that passed this year, is also criticizing an outgoing district attorney’s request that the state attorney general issue an opinion on a separate reform initiative that voters approved overwhelmingly in San Marcos. In Harker Heights, the City Council voted to repeal the decriminalization initiative just weeks after it was approved by voters on the November ballot, prompting activists to launch a signature drive to put the issue back in voters’ hands. In order to secure placement on the city’s May 2023 ballot to overturn the ordinance, activists needed to collect 348 valid signatures from Harker Heights residents. At a press conference on Monday, Ground Game Texas said they gathered more than 600 signatures that they’ve turned in to city officials. “By voting to repeal Prop A, the Harker Heights City Council sent a clear message to their constituents that they don’t respect the will of the voters or the democracy they participate in,” Julie Oliver, executive director of Ground Game Texas, said in a press release. “These antidemocratic politicians are trying to throw away the votes of more than 5,000 Harker Heights residents—but we won’t let them. With this new referendum, Ground Game Texas will ensure the will of voters isn’t trampled on by their local elected officials.” A city official previously said that when they receive petitions for the referendum to overturn the ordinance, they would “process the document as identified within our charter.” Ground Game Texas saw several success in last month’s election, with decriminalization passing locally in Denton, Elgin and Killeen,…

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