Texas Gov Greg Abbott supports marijuana penalty reduction, hesitant to legalize medical cannabis.
During a debate this week between Texas gubernatorial candidates Republican Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the subject of marijuana came up. The question was asked, “What is your stance on marijuana legalization in Texas?”
While both candidates ducked the question by not saying whether or not they would support legalizing cannabis, both appeared to be supportive of the idea of medical marijuana, and Abbott added that he would like to move the penalty for minor marijuana possession from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class C misdemeanor.
Currently possession of two ounces or less in Texas can result in a fine up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail, along with the suspension of driver’s license. Moving this offense to a Class C misdemeanor would cap the fine at $500 with no jail time. It wasn’t immediately clear whether or not this would have an effect on the suspension of driver’s license.
During the debate, Abbott stated “Parents with children who have epilepsy approached me a couple session ago about the possibility of what’s called CBD oil for their children. I was moved by what they had to say. I agree with them. I am the governor who signed into law the legalization of CBD oil. More recently I’ve had discussions with veterans as well as parents of autistic children and others who make a very strong compelling case about legalization of medical marijuana.” He added, “I have seen however that other states that authorize that, abuses take place that raise concerns. So I’m still not convinced yet.”
CBD oil is an extracted compound from the cannabis plant which does not make a person feel high, but does possess