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Cannabis victory for Texas Republican

Cannabis victory for Texas Republican

Arguing that God gave humankind marijuana, and that its use should therefore not be prohibited, Republican State Representative David Simpson, above, this week won clear support for his full marijuana lega­lisation bill.

According to this report, the tea party stalwart has repeatedly championed what he calls the “Christian case” for legalisation.

You can hear Simpson present his theological case here.

Simpson’s bill (HB 2165) languished for weeks before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.

Then three committee Democrats and two Republicans surprisingly voted to support it on Wednesday,  and it passed 5-2.

That makes Simpson’s bill eligible for consideration to reach the House floor before the legislative session ends on June 1, although that’s still highly unlikely.

State law currently makes no exceptions even for medical marijuana, making outright legalisation unthinkable.

Still, advocates hailed the committee vote as “unprecedented progress” for Texas cannabis rights.

Nearly three out of five Texas voters (58 percent) support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol, according to a statewide survey conducted by Public Policy Polling in September 2013.

Four states have adopted laws that regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol. Two of them, Colorado and Washington, have established regulated systems of marijuana cultivation and sales.

Alaska and Oregon are in the process of implementing similar systems.

Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project said:

Marijuana prohibition’s days are numbered in the Lone Star State. Texas voters recognize that punishing adults for consuming a substance that is safer than alcohol is a waste of law enforcement resources and an affront to individual liberty. It appears most of the committee members agree.

State officials are increasingly becoming fed up with the failed federal government policy of marijuana prohibition, and they’re taking action.

9 responses to “Cannabis victory for Texas Republican”

  1. L.Long says:

    IN TEXAS!!!! The land of control freaks!?!?! Wow! There may be hope yet. Although the buyBull reference is true, I’d prefer the law be introduced because it is the smart thing to do, but what ever it takes go for it!!!
    Oh! I don’t use Mary-Wanna I like Speed.

  2. Brummie says:

    Almost all of us need our opiates; something to take us out of ourselves, whether that be alcohol, tobacco, exercise, running, bizarre sex, motor racing, dance, superstitions etc. It’s a basic human need which cannot be suppressed for long, though authorities vainly try.
    The trick is to ACCEPT this need and learn how to cope with it,
    regulate it, tax it, supply the (quality controlled) materials/venues, cause minimal damage to others, point out the health dangers… like smoking.
    In the process it would remove most of the criminal element.

  3. Newspaniard says:

    A shame he had to bring his dog* into it. Has that set some kind of precedent? Or then again was the precedent already there despite the separation of church and state?

    *His typo, not mine.

  4. zombiehunter says:

    lets face it they know deep down if they legalise weed they can make a fuckton of money on taxes.

    its a shame he had to bring god into it but still even though I’ve never smoked weed myself I believe people who want to should be free to do so without being hassled for it.

  5. dennis says:

    Simpson would be a democrat in normal political circumstances in TEXAS, but we have invaded the state with religion. in this climate we have to bring the fairy into the mix to get the religious nuts to holler “amen.” the closet smoker needs this “amen” for absolution, which allows him to vote or support a pot head in public.

    hope the British election went your way.

  6. Robster says:

    It’s pretty cool how the afflicted with religion people can use the dogmatic nonsense to justify just about everything. While their nasty god fantasy didn’t give us free will, interpretation and context seems to have been the ‘gift’.

  7. Vanity Unfair says:

    Edwin Corley. Acapulco gold. 1974.
    Tobacco firms, advertisers, politicians and concerned parties circle each other as the president of the USA seems likely to legalise marijuana.