The 84th legislative session ended on June 1, 2015. See the bills that have become law.

Reducing penalties for marijuana possession

Curated by Patrick Svitek and Terri Langford

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that allows epilepsy patients to use medicinal cannabis oils, which contain a non-euphoric component found in marijuana.

But the Legislature did not otherwise lower penalties related to the possession of marijuana — medical or otherwise.

Most people arrested for marijuana possession are holding less than two grams. That small amount can mean up to six months in jail for the offender, along with a $2,000 fine. Minor marijuana possession cases tie up prosecutors and the state’s misdemeanor courtrooms every day in Texas, some lawmakers say. 

Updated: June 1, 2015

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