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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
- Enhancing gun rights
- Reducing penalties for marijuana possession
- The fight over local control
- Efforts to change voter ID
- Changing the age of adulthood for criminal charges
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