AUSTIN (KYTX/Marijuana Policy Project) – The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence will hold a hearing today on a bill to reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Room E2.016 of the State Capitol Extension.
Under H.B. 184, sponsored by State Rep. Harold V. Dutton Jr. (D-Houston), individuals found in possession of up to one ounce of marijuana would be charged with a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 and no possibility of jail time.
Currently, possession of up to two ounces of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to $2,000 in fines, 180 days in jail, and the suspension of the individual's driver's license.