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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Chairman Joe Moody Hosts Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana

Chairman Joe Moody Hosts Public Hearing on Reducing Penalties for Small Amounts of Marijuana
HB 334 was introduced in the special legislative session and would replace criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession with a civil citation

AUSTIN, Texas - August 10, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Joe Moody held a public hearing to discuss reducing state marijuana possession penalties on Wednesday and to support HB 334, which was introduced by Chairman Moody in the special legislative session in July.
HB 334 would make possession of a small amount of marijuana a civil citation punishable by a $250 fine but not a criminal conviction; courts can allow some of the fine to be paid off through the offender taking drug education courses or doing community service. For a third offense, the civil penalty must include a drug education requirement. On a fourth offense, a prosecutor can proceed with a Class C misdemeanor instead of a civil citation.




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