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      Lawmakers Fail to Act on Legislation To Reduce First-Time
      Cannabis Possession Offenses

      Lawmakers Fail to Vote on Medical Marijuana Necessity Defense
      Legislation

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      Lawmakers Fail to Act on Legislation To Reduce First-Time Cannabis
      Possession Offenses


      Lawmakers have failed to act on House Bill 184, which would haveamended
      minor marijuana possession penalties for certain first-timeoffenders to
      a fine-only, Class C misdemeanor, before thissession's legislative
      deadline.
      Although members of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committeehad
      approved the measure by a 6-3 vote, the bill never received aHouse
      floor vote.
      Annually, in Texas some 80,000 citizens are arrested formarijuana
      violations; an estimated 97% of those arrested andcharged for
      possession alone -- not trafficking, cultivation, orsale. House Bill
      184 would have significantly reduced stateprosecutorial costs
      associated with these tens of thousands ofminor marijuana arrests and
      encouraged law enforcement resources tobe refocused on other, more
      serious criminal offenses.
      NORML would like to acknowledge the incredible work done insupport of
      this measure by our affiliates Texas NORML and Dallas Fort Worth NORML
      who workedclosely with members of the legislature to move this bill out
      ofCommittee. We'd like to thank all of NORML supporters in Texas
      whogenerated over 2,500 emails in favor of HB 184.
      Activists expect to revisit this measure in 2015.

      Lawmakers Fail to Vote on Medical Marijuana Necessity Defense
      Legislation


      Members of the House Public Health Committee took testimony,
      butultimately failed to vote on House Bill 594, which sought to
      allowdefendants to raise an affirmative defense of medical necessity
      incourt.
      The Committee heard testimony in favor of this legislation on
      Wednesday, May1. The hearing marked the first time inover a decade that
      House lawmakers have debated the medicalcannabis issue. NORML thanks
      the thousands of you who contactedyour House members and urged them to
      consider this legislation aswell as our state affiliates TexasNORML,
      DFW-NORML, San AntonioNORML, and all our other Texas Chapters for
      theirdedicated work on this legislation.
      State activists expect to reintroduce similar legislation in2015.
      NORML will keep you updated on future Texas reform efforts.
      Sincerely,
      The NORML Team




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