Texas bill to eliminate jail time for marijuana offenses - VideoSubmitted by ralph hornsby on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 09:46
AUSTIN -- Inside a crowded hearing room at the Texas Capitol, supporters waited to testify before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on a bill to reduce the punishment for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.
"I found out that we spend $10,000 to prosecute on cannabis charge, yet for a year of schooling for one student the state of Texas spends $8,498," said Austin parent Jaclyn Finkel. "So we actually spend more to put someone in jail for a non-violent offense than we spend to educate our children."
The law would do away with jail time, up to 180 days under current law, for anyone arrested with an ounce or less of marijuana.