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April 2, 2019
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GUILLEN AIMS TO EASE PUNISHMENT FOR POSSESSION OF MARIHUANA
AUSTIN - As an author of HB 1206, State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is working to lessen the prosecution and penalties for individuals charged with possession of marihuana.
"Many other states have legalized or reduced the penalty for possession of marijuana," said Guillen. "Texans who are caught with even a small amount of the substance could spend several months in jail and pay thousands of dollars in fines."
Current code lists possession of 2 oz or less as a class B misdemeanor and the bill would amend to class C, which does not include jail time and lessens the fine to no more than $500. Possession of more than 2 oz, but less than 4 oz would change from class A to class B, shortening jail time from one year to 180 days and cutting the fine in half from $4,000 to $2,000. Those in possession of over 4 oz, and no more than 5 lbs would no longer be charged with a felony, but instead a class A misdemeanor.
"By lessening the punishment for possession, we can ensure low-level offenders will no longer face such implications that can limit their ability to succeed in future endeavors," Guillen remarked.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen