HB 507 is currently one of 11 bills that are being deliberated over by Texas lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session. The bills vary greatly, but HB 507 is that one that is standing out as a realistic option in terms of political progress.

Retired police officer Russel Jones is one of those speaking in favour of decriminalization, giving insight to the amount of marijuana use he’d seen as a cop,

“I know of no instance in my entire career where someone was acting out under the influence of marijuana.”

Jones has been featured in his own advert which is part of a campaign to publicly support Texas House Bill 507 which would decriminalize small amount of cannabis. If you’re on the streets tonight, and get caught with less that 2 ounces of weed, you could see yourself spending up to 6 months in jail and up to $2,000 is fines. If the bill is passed however, possession of less than one ounce will now warrant a civil citation with a fine of $250.

The advert is due to air this week and will hopefully educate the electorate into making the right decision. With 61% of Texas voters already expected to support decriminalization of marijuana within the state. During the ad, Jones makes a very valid point, “Law enforcement official have more important things to do with their time than arresting people for marijuana possession.”

 

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