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Texas bill to eliminate jail time for marijuana offenses - Video

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.

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So eliminates jail time?

So eliminates jail time? Sounds like there would be a fine. What if the fine is not paid? Then you get jail time? Just another way to get money from people, extortion! But, maybe a step to making it legal!

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Prohibition of Cannabis

I think the prohibition of Cannabis is wrong, but has been done because while it will never go away, it takes a few months to grow, is easily spotted outside, you need seeds or cuttings to get started, etc. This makes it a little harder to cultivate than to make alcohol, which means less people will do it illegally.

Alcohol anyone can make with just about anything that is naturally sweet. Not even the yeast needs to be purchased, you can cultivate it from things like raisins(I've done this myself). And of course, under the right conditions it only takes a week or so to make that grape juice, plum juice etc into an alcoholic beverage.

The irony is: Alcohol is a poison. In small to moderate amounts, it is better than stress, but it's still a poison. The body makes a huge effort to get rid of it as fast as it can.

Cannabis, on the other hand, is not a poison, and the body is quite happy to keep it floating around in the body for weeks.

But it's considered a "dangerous drug". Go figure. The only thing it is dangerous to is monopoly interests.

Prisons are Big Business!

I first want to say I think cannabis Prohibition is one of the single most destructive forces on earth. I hope everyday that people are waking up to the atrocity of destroying a kids life over some weed! I was caught in possession of a small amount of pot in college. I pleaded guilty because they gave me the "easy" way out. Because of this arrest and conviction I have never been able to work for a large company. I was denied entrance to graduate school over it! Today I'm very happy to say I'm an entrepreneur and doing well., I have had to work outside of the SYSTEM to become a success! The biggest thing I want to convey is they tried to steal the American dream from me over a plant! F*CK that and F*ck them! If I would have know what I do now I would have stood in front of the jury and explained they had the right and duty to send me home! My life would have been no better or worst today but at least I could have put up a fight.!

Prisons are a big business,

Privatize them and offer a profit motive, and you are going to get tyranny in the place of a just society that includes freedom.

Corrections Corporation of America

Had a record breaking year last year.

a gateway drug

weed is a gateway drug. Its a gateway drug because older generations have lied and put out many ridiculous propaganda that once you try it, you find out that you don't really want to rape white women, go crazy and kill people... you just want to sit down, think alot and wonder how many people in the library know that your not even reading a book and that your just stoned thinking if a pickle is better to use than a dild...nvm.. jk dpers.. though it would save you a couple of bucks and is sturdier than a banana.

cannabis IS a gateway drug...

The EXIT gateway out of the zombie land cemetary of dependence on harder drugs... like methamphetamines, oxycodones, cocaine, tobacco, alcohol...


The Drug Dealer is the gateway for more. The drug dealers is the one that sells you the marijuana. Then he offers what else he has. They buy it. Meaning.. the drug dealer is the gateway for more drugs. Legalize Drugs = Elimination of drug dealers.

Good point.

And possibly to opening one's mind to observe, learn and become a more evolved and thinking human being.


Pickle, no.

Cucumber, yes... or even a zucchini. But not a pickle. ;)

I'm reaching up and reaching out.
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
Spiral out.

But, how are we surviving

But, how are we surviving without a limit on the possession of alcohol!

Now if only they didn't take

Now if only they didn't take you to jail when they arrest you... then they could truly say they were doing away with jail time for marijuana charges. Spending one night there is bad enough for me...

Attention Texans!!!

There are 9 members on the committee with 4 of them being democrats. If the 4 democrats side with Rep. Dutton and vote for the bill, we only need one more member to vote in favor in order to gain the majority vote required to move this bill out of committee. Most of us know that the majority of bills die in committee and never see the light of day. Please contact the committee members and urge them to vote in favor of HB 184 and allow the bill to be debated state wide.

The below link is to the committee members and contact information.


Please share this information, any attention to this bill would be greatly appreciated.


One of the committee members represents my district. Hopefully hearing from someone who lives in his hometown will encourage him to pass this through the committee :)

I'm reaching up and reaching out.
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
Spiral out.

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Spending more to jail people than to educate them

The world is truly upside down.

He's the man.

That's the spirit.

5 stars.


I try to change people every day. Do You?

What's the difference between 1 oz. and 1.3 oz.?

When they were ending prohibition, did they contemplate 5 cans was ok but a six pack you went to jail? I would have been in deep do-do, for my graduation party I bought it by the case. Or was it a keg?

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

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We lost our Freedom

with Baby Steps...

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa


and we'll get them back the same way

I think that in the bigger

I think that in the bigger scheme of things you are correct, however, with the marijuana debate, I think the floodgates are about to open. Once people everywhere see that there isn't terror in the streets because of legalization, they won't be able to justify the cost, just like this situation.

i rate this right up there

with SC attempting to pass legislation to become an open carry state. Fantastic!

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
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Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

What is she doing,

injecting common sense into legislation?

Ha Ha !!

Good one. Great news !!

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain