Joe Moody (D - TX)
Representative Joe Moody will very likely author the bill that decriminalizes marijuana early next year in Texas.
As chair of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee he is drafting legislation to hold Governor Abbott to his word about decriminalizing marijuana during the upcoming January 2019 legislative session.
Texas Tribune: “Will you be introducing your civil penalty bill again?”
Moody: “Yes, civil penalties will be the first bill I file this coming session.”
But because he is focused on a realistic decrim bill does not mean he won’t support full marijuana legalization:
Texas Tribune: “What impact would the legalization of marijuana have on the projected prison population?”
Moody: Legalization isn't something I've proposed — although I would probably support it — and not something I think has a chance of passing. Decriminalization in lieu of a civil penalty, however, would save us over $700 million a year. While it wouldn't impact prison populations, it would decrease local costs by freeing space in county jails.“
Position on Marijuana Legalization
Position on Marijuana Decriminalization
Position on Medical Marijuana
Joint Author-MedicalMarijuana(HB 3785)
Co-Author-Medical Marijuana (HB 2107) 2017
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Post Office Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768