It Could Happen Killeen, Texas, Would You Support Decriminalization of Marijuana?
There's an effort being made to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession in Killeen, Texas from the same group that got the issue on the Austin ballot in May.
Is Marijuana Against the Law in Texas?
Marijuana is currently illegal in the State of Texas. While other states across the country have some form of legalized weed, whether it's for medicinal purposes or recreational use, marijuana is widely becoming legal (or at least decriminalized) is some form.
Every year a new state puts some kind of legalized weed legislation on the ballot for the voters to decide. In most cases, the legislation passes. It's a clear sign that the taboo associated with marijuana is no longer as bad as it once was.
When Will Marijuana be Legalized in Texas?
Texas has seen some movement in its anti-weed stance over the years. In fact, it was as recently as 2019 that hemp laws were revised to allow the cultivation of hemp in Texas while keeping marijuana illegal.
In June 2021, the Texas House passed legislation that raised the THC limit from 0.5% to 1% and expand coverage to include all forms of cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Originally, law makers were trying to get it at 5%, but the Texas Senate lowered it to 1%.
Will Killeen, Texas Decriminalize Marijuana?
According to The Killeen Daily Herald, an effort is underway to gather signatures on a petition to decriminalize low-level marijuana possession in Killeen, Texas.
Ground Game Texas, the same group that got decriminalize low-level marijuana possession on the Austin ballot for May, is leading the petition.
Work needs to be done to get the ordinance on the ballot in Killeen. At least 2,500 signatures are needed from registered Killeen voters before the group can present it to the city. If you'd like to sign the petition, click HERE for all the details.
Ground Game Texas also plans to work on decriminalization of low-level marijuana possession in Harker Heights.
Decriminalization Is Not Legalization
It's important to note that decriminalization is not the same as legalization. If the new law passes in Killeen or Harker Heights, it doesn't legalize recreation use of weed, it just prevents police from enforcing low-level possession charges. That's a great next step in legalizing the use of marijuana in the State of Texas.
Baby steps, but definitely progress.