A Texas House Committee recently approved legislation that would legalize buying and selling marijuana in the Lone Star State.
House Bill 2165 was approved 5 to 2, with votes of support cast from three Democrats and two Republicans. If approved, Texas will become the fifth state to legalize cannabis for recreational use and retail sale.
Reportedly, the bill actually has significant support, and has a chance at passing if it is heard by the House before the session ends in June. According to lawmakers, the bill likely to experience little to no hurdles on its path to becoming a law. As Philip Martin of Progress Texas pointed out,
“Marijuana policy reform continues to make unprecedented progress this session.”
Just before this bill was approved, a bill that would decriminalize marijuana use also passed with a 4-2 vote.
David Simpson, the state representative from Longview who authored HB 2165, argues for legalization as the “Christian Case.” In a recent statement, Simpson explained,
“I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix.”
HB 2165 will now advances for further consideration.
Statistics from the Public Policy Polling show that 58 percent of Texas citizens are in favor of the bill, and agree that cannabis should be regulated similarly to alcohol.