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OfflineLothar121
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Reducing Penalties for Possession of Small Amounts of Pot in Texas Proposed
    #3633785 - 01/16/05 02:13 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

January 2, 2005

If marijuana were water, an ounce of it would fit into 2 tablespoons. Under current state law, possession of that much marijuana, or even much less, could net a 180-day jail sentence and a $2,000 fine. That's a high price to pay, not only for the user, but also for taxpayers in Texas, where jail and prison space is at a premium.

Under the terms of a bill filed by Houston Rep. Harold Dutton, a person caught with an ounce or less of marijuana would be cited with a Class C misdemeanor, the equivalent of a serious traffic ticket, punishable by a fine up to $500, but without the possibility of jail. Anyone carrying more than 1 ounce of marijuana, up to and including 2 ounces, could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by jail time up to 180 days and a fine not to exceed $2,000 ? the current penalty for all marijuana possession up to 2 ounces.

Reducing the penalty for tiny amounts of weed is not decriminalization. It's a sensible maneuver that could help relieve the overextended probation system and the crowded local and state jails. It would keep some first-offenders from having their prospects marred by a criminal record.

According to organizations advocating marijuana law reform, states that reduced penalties for small marijuana possession realized lower prosecution costs and smaller increases in marijuana use than states that did not lessen penalties.

In the conservative, Republican-controlled Legislature, any bill intended to lighten the punishment for a drug offense has about as much chance of passing as a state income tax. But the Legislature should consider this and other ways to divert drug users from prison to treatment and recovery.

Copyright: 2005 Houston Chronicle

Complete Article: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistor...itorial/2974784


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Re: Reducing Penalties for Possession of Small Amounts of Pot in Texas Proposed [Re: Lothar121]
    #3633832 - 01/16/05 02:34 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Unfortunately this government has absolutely no intention whatsoever on legalizing pot, let alone any of the other said 'narcotics' they frequently use (along side with 'terrorism') as centerpiece themes to hype up their propaghandized fear driven dictatorship.

If the people are to plan on ever solving the problem, enough of them are going to have to take initiative and establish new government. Not to say that I wouldn't be delighted to learn that otherwise had just occured sometime in the near future, I just can't see it happening inside the system our babysitters have got set up for us now, ever.


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OfflineLothar121
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Re: Reducing Penalties for Possession of Small Amounts of Pot in Texas Proposed [Re: usefulidiot]
    #3635207 - 01/16/05 04:23 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

This bill doesn't legalize pot, it just lessens the penalty by one notch.

Creating a new government in America isn't going to happen yet. Something more dramatic has to happen to wake the populace up that this government is indeed out of control. Perhaps after another terrorists attack and they further restrict our freedoms all the while installing microchips in all the citizens, then perhaps some citizens will say enough is enough.


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Re: Reducing Penalties for Possession of Small Amounts of Pot in Texas Proposed [Re: usefulidiot]
    #3635736 - 01/16/05 07:12 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

The Government will never bother to decriminalize it completely or legalize it for that matter. Their is just too much money wrapped up in keeping it illegal.


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