Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I get a lot of Petitions.  I rarely sign off on them.  To be honest with you on the pot issue, my big issue is not the drug effect, but that people who do not know smoke will start thereby increasing the number of people with lung cancer.  Let's not fool ourselves - as I type I am getting my morning buzz on some very strong Indonesian coffee.  But then coffee does not cause lung cancer and when done in moderation has several positive health effects - but then so to does pot.  In the end my  view is, I will embrace as the correct decision for ever the state legislature does on the matter. But if Texas does legalize it, I would want to see real stiff penalties for selling it to minors or smoking it around minors.

Colorado is basking in the piles of tax revenues it is taking in.  Pot tourism is booming.  Because money rules everything, I predict that by the second to next legislative session Texas will legalize personal use of pot if bought in a licensed store.

But here is what Change.Org is sending around.  I have verified it is accurate and would just like to know how Brownsville is handling this.  I am also providing a link which explains the law better with a WARNING - the fines and potential jail time still apply even if you are just issued a citation and sent on your way.

Click for WARNING on fines and potential sentencing

From the Petition

"Bexar County spends $12,000,000 in taxpayer's dollars annually to arrest non-violent individuals for possession of 4 ounces or less of marijuana. When the costs for prosecuting, probation, and additional jail time for each case the amount of wasted tax dollars triples. In 2007 Gov. Rick Perry signed H.B. 2391 into law to allow Texas law enforcement the ability to ticket and release in lieu of arresting for marijuana possession of 4oz or less. If law enforcement in Bexar County implemented cite and release it would save a huge amount of taxpayer's dollars, free up law enforcement resources to pursue violent crime, and help ease overcrowding at the Bexar County Jail.
The TX Cite & Release Law (HB2391) can save counties millions just by bypassing the arrest process of 4oz or less of marijuana and other misdemeanors.
H.B. 2391 was written in 2007 to avoid building more jails, prisons, and spending more unnecessary tax payer's money on paying for the arrest costs of non-violent criminals in processed through jail. The law was signed by the Governor Perry, but very few counties are taking advantage of the financial advantages to this law.

Police officers can issue a citation and summons only if the person charged resided in the county where the offense occurred and the offense was:

• possession of four ounces or less of marijuana
• criminal mischief, where the value of damage done was $50 or more but less than $500
• graffiti, where the value of the damage done was $50 or more but less than $500
• theft, where the value of the property stolen was $50 or more but less than $500 or the value of property obtained by a hot check was $20 or more less but less than $500
• theft of a service, where the value of the service stolen was $20 or more but less than $500
• possession of contraband in a correctional facility, if the offense was punishable as a class B misdemeanor or
• driving with an invalid license"


Anonymous said...

Gov Rick was on Jimmy Kimmel and mentioned that TX has relaxed the penalty for small amounts. One of his accomplishments.

Anonymous said...

We need industrial hemp. A person does not smoke marijuana like cigaretes. You get high, you stop. You come down, you smoke a little more if you want. If a person is going to abuse marijuana, most likely they are going to abuse tobacco, alcohol and whatever else as well. If a person has a predisposition for substance abuse, they are going to use whatever substance

BobbyWC said...

I basically agree with you - my experience is pot smokers are not chain smokers of pot - this of course lessons the chance of lung cancer, but we really do not know how much it takes for lung cancer - I think a lot of it is genetic.

But I do believe once it is legal people do need to remember there remains a cancer potential if you smoke.

On Hemp no one has been arguing for industrial hemp longer than I have - under the new farm bill states are moving forward on industrial hemp - not Texas - the LRGV was made for hemp and we are not even talking about.

Bobby wC

Anonymous said...

Kenaf: Hibiscus cannabinus has been grown legally in the US for years and is a much better industrial use plant. For some reason LRGV producers have been some what reluctant to really get into the production of the plant. Kenaf grows more lbs per acre than industrial hemp and has better fiber properties. Other than the medicinal properties that even industrial hemp processes ie: 1% to 2% the THC content that medicinal hemp has, there is not comparison in the industrial value of kenaf compared to industrial hemp.
Kenaf wins hands down every time.

BWC read the last link that I have provided, it is so research done on the kenaf vs industrial hemp as a viable commercial product.

BobbyWC said...

a couple of years back some farmers were growing something similar to hemp - it may have been Kenaf - they just could not find a market for their product so they stopped.

This is why it has to be a joint effort of the farmers, processors and manufacturing.

Bobby WC