Home»News»Marijuana’s success and failure in the 2019 Texas legislative session Stephen Carter 2019-05-28 Texas capitol building in Austin the night of the HB 1365 medical marijuana hearing. The 2019 legislative session is over, how did the issue of cannabis law reform in Texas fare?
The 86th Texas legislative session has wrapped, and its end brings a flurry of emotions including relief, sadness, anger, despair, happiness, and hopefulness to those working on the issue of marijuana. To say the least, it’s been a roller coaster ride, one that truly never really stops for those behind the scenes as they simply change gears and prepare for the next political cycle, the results of which will be instrumental in improving outcomes for the next legislative session in 2021.
The Texas political process is often infuriating and confusing. We did get a win with hemp, even with an imperfect bill. That is something to celebrate. However the only piece of marijuana legislation which made it out alive is HB 3703. The grand majority of people who put their time, resources, heart, sweat, and tears into this session likely range in emotion from unhappy to outraged at this outcome. For those who become a statistic in the estimated 120,000 arrests that will happen between now and the 2021 legislative session for simple possession of marijuana, the outcome of this session will be of no comfort at all. Patients will continue to suffer or be forced to break the law in order to find relief.
The legislature served us a watered down bill which basically helps no