Texas Marijuana Activists Submit Enough Signatures To Challenge Local Decriminalization Repeal, While Another City’s Reform Faces Lawsuit

Texas Marijuana Activists Submit Enough Signatures To Challenge Local Decriminalization Repeal, While Another City’s Reform Faces Lawsuit
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Texas activists have turned in more than enough signatures to put a local measure on the May ballot to overturn lawmakers’ repeal of a voter-approved marijuana decriminalization initiative. But they’re also facing another legal challenge in a different city where voters passed a similar reform last month. The response from lawmakers and prosecutors to the multiple reforms that was approved during the November election has been a source of frustration for advocates, including those who were part of the main organizing group Ground Game Texas. But they’ve shown that they won’t back down and are prepared to fight to defend the will of voters. That’s been especially clear in Harker Heights, where the City Council voted to repeal the local decriminalization measure. Activists quickly collected signatures to put an initiative on the next ballot to repeal the action. Officials announced on Thursday that they had turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for ballot placement. It is expected to be officially certified at a Council meeting on January 10. Harker Heights Assistant City Manager Jerry Bark said in a press release that the “examination of the petition has been completed and it is determined that the petition meets all requirements in accordance with the State law and City Charter.” “The certification of the referendum does not revive Chapter 133 (Prop A),” he added. “Additionally, the City will continue to respect and operate under the laws of the State of Texas that mandate the required conduct for law enforcement officers and prohibit the adoption of a policy under which the City will not fully enforce laws relating to drugs.” The petition’s success is positive news for advocates, but they’re separately facing a legal challenge in Killeen, with Bell County commissioners voting unanimously on Thursday to file a lawsuit against the city…

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