Five Cities in Texas Approve Decriminalization Initiatives on Ballot

This effort ground game texas, a local advocacy group specifically targeting these five cities for voting. The organization is also involved in other campaigns in Austin, El Paso and San Antonio. “Big Night of the Ground Game! All 5 of our Cities Passing Marijuana Decriminalization. Motivating New Voters with Popular Progressive Issues!” of The organization wrote on Facebook.

For Denton, the initiative was called: Proposition B, but four other cities listed the initiative as Proposition A. Cities are enacting ordinances (rather than resolutions) to remove all subpoenas and arrests for cannabis-related possession and to prevent local police from issuing subpoenas for drug paraphernalia or cannabis smell. enact. Among other changes, it will ban the city from using funds for THC testing.

The recent wave of approval from voters shows that Texans want statewide decriminalization, according to Texas NORML executive director Jax James. “Texans have shown through polls, legislative involvement and now local ballot boxes that they want major reform of cannabis laws in Texas!” James said. “This will have a positive impact on the approximately half a million people who live in these cities.” An August poll also confirmed James’ statement, with 55% of Texans supporting cannabis legalization. and 72% support medical cannabis.

of 2019, the Texas House of Representatives approved a cannabis decriminalization bill that did not pass the Senate. I would like to see further progress from “Progress in these regions is critical in reducing harm to civilians and reprioritizing time for law enforcement, but also results in a patchwork of marijuana enforcement policies that differ based on location,” James added. “It is time for legislators convened in January 2023 to take steps to enact statewide reforms.”

The top five most populous Texas cities include Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth. In May 2022, Austin voters approved the “Austin Freedom Act,” which also allowed cannabis to be decriminalized. “It’s official! Austin will hold an election on the Austin Freedom Act on May 7, 2022. Voters will (1) end enforcement of marijuana possession and (2) ban dangerous “no knock” writs. can pass new city laws that Thank you to everyone who has brought us this far. Come on, let’s win!” Ground Game Texas wrote on his social media in May.

may be the next city San Antoniomay be decriminalized in the May 2023 vote. Mike Siegel“That’s the beauty of this tactic of direct democracy, the initiative tactic. You can take what’s popular with the people and let the people directly legislate.”

States like Maryland and Missouri legalized adult-use cannabis in November this year, but voters in North Dakota, South Dakota and Arkansas didn’t. Some southern states now allow adult use, with the following exceptions: Virginia (and Washington DC).

Texas, on the other hand, is lagging behind in progress. In August 2022, former NBA player Iman Shumpert was arrested in Dallas on possession charges. Reportedly, he was carrying 6.2 ounces of cannabis in his luggage while traveling through the airport.

Recently, the press began covering stories about Candice McCarty, a single mother who was evicted from federally-backed housing because of medical marijuana. I thought,” McCarty said. Kxan.com“I’m just a disabled single mom trying to get over it… I’m facing homelessness right before the holidays.” is affecting the

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