Texas pot smokers may skip jail if new bill passes

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Pot smokers in Texas may not have to worry about serving time in jail if House Bill 184 gets passed.

The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will hold a hearing Tuesday on the bill that would reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Under H.B. 184, sponsored by State Rep. Harold V. Dutton Jr. (D-Houston), individuals found in possession of up to one ounce of marijuana would be charged with a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 and no possibility of jail time. Currently, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to $2,000 in fines, 180 days in jail, and the suspension of the individual’s driver’s license.

 

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