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Texas Will Consider Decriminalization in 2017
Texas lawmakers will push to eliminate the criminal penalties associated with small time marijuana crimes in the 2017 legislative session.
According to a report from the Texas Tribune, legislative forces walked up to the steps of the State Capitol on Monday to submit a number of cannabis-related bills, one of which aims to decriminalize up to an ounce of marijuana all across the Lone Star state. The goal of the measure, according to Dem. State Rep. Joe Moody, the lawmaker responsible for drafting the bill, is to simply make this offense a civil infraction, punishable with a $250 fine—no jail time, no criminal record.
While not a perfect plan, the scope of House Bill 81 would be a relatively solid reform for Texas, especially considering the current charge for this offense is a criminal misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to a 180 days in the slammer and a $2000 fine.
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Pot and the NFL: Jake Plummer
This week’s player testimonial is from former quarterback Jake Plummer. The talented and enigmatic quarterback known as “Jake the Snake” walked away from the game when he was just 32-years-old, leaving millions of dollars on the table.
Plummer’s reasoning for leaving professional football is complicated but cannabis helped the transition. Now, he’s working to raise funds to study how marijuana – and CBD in particular – could help the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease that has been discovered in an alarming number of deceased NFL players.
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