Headline from Raw Story.
Say Halleluiah… Praise Jesus… Can I get a big Amen to that one…
Seriously… I don’t give a shit if it is a Republican or a Democrat, right wing Tea Party member, Libertarian, Anarchist, Socialist or left wing Progressive saying it. It is freaking well time to end Pot Prohibition.
There are too many people in jail for possession of pot.
I was a hippie and smoked pot for many years but stopped in the 1980s when the War on Drugs made the penalties so harsh.
I’m old now and pot would take the place of some of the Tylenol I take for general aches and pains, the soreness in my joints. It would help me sleep and act as a muscle relaxant.
But even if it didn’t do those things and I only used it to get a buzz on once and a while… I’m an alcoholic. I know how bad booze is for people and I know from experience that pot isn’t as dangerous as booze.
Just freaking legalize it already and let people grow their own. Stick it to the pot cartels and eliminate one of their profit centers. While you are at it make some of the other stuff safer for the addicts by giving them pharmaceutical drugs along with treatment if they wish.
Prohibition didn’t work in the 1920s and it hasn’t worked in the War on Drugs. All we have done is fill prisons and feed gangs of extremely violent criminals.
Republican David Simpson has pre-filed legislation, House Bill 2165, to remove marijuana-related offenses from the Texas criminal code.
“Nearly a century ago, the Texas legislature made a mistake in judgment based on misinformation and unfortunate motivations,” Rep. Simpson said in letter to lawmakers urging them to co-sponsor his legislation. “Due to this mistake a relatively benign plant was made illegal to grow, possess, and sell in Texas.”
Passage of Rep. Simpson’s bill would end each of these marijuana-related prosecutions in the Lone Star State. “Repealing prohibition of the plant will result in savings of millions of dollars currently being spent in the name of the war on drugs,” Simpson said. “It] will end the destruction and disruption of thousands of lives caused by the heavy penalties for those who use the plant, and will restore freedom and dignity to all Texans.”
While passage of HB 2165 is unlikely, its intended purpose is arguably to stimulate a discussion among Texas lawmakers. The conversation is long overdue. A review of state-by-state marijuana possession arrest data by the ACLU reports that some 75,000 Texans are arrested annually for pot violations – the second highest total of any state in the nation.
Please visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ to contact your state Representative and urge them to support marijuana law reform. You can also voice your support for separate legislation seeking to decriminalize marijuana possession penalties here.
Additional information on these and other pending efforts is available from NORML’s Texas chapter network. Find your local chapter here.
The NORML Team