Posted on March 3, 2015 at 8:23 am by David Downs in Activism, featured, Legal, Politics
Texas Rep. David Simpson has Christian, conservative reasons for ending cannabis prohibition. (Photo via Rep. Simpson)
Just days after the conservative states of Utah and West Virginia began considering allowing state residents to access medical marijuana, a Texas lawmaker announced plans to decriminalize cannabis in the Lone Star state.
“I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix,” wrote state Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, in a column in the Tribune on Monday.
The Republican-led HB 2165 repeals dozens of marijuana statutes in Texas, which has some of the most notorious marijuana penalties in the nation. Last year, a teen faced life in prison for making brownies with a marijuana extract.
Rep. Simpson wants to decriminalize cannabis Texas-style — without all the layers of government regulation and red tape. HB 2165 would simply treat cannabis like a crop, similar to tomatoes or coffee. The conservative lawmaker states that cannabis prohibition runs counter to Republican values and it runs counter to Christian beliefs.
“Is there a place for prohibition? Yes, a prohibition of aggression (Romans 13). Our laws should prohibit and penalize violent acts … harm to one’s neighbor. Civil government should value everything God made and leave people alone unless they meddle with their neighbor.”
In other news, Washington D.C.’s chief of police said cannabis users posed little threat to public safety and that alcohol was the major threat to her officers.
“Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop,” Lanier said while speaking at the American News Women’s Club, per The Daily Beast. “They just want to get a bag of chips and relax. Alcohol is a much bigger problem.”
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