As I left the capitol this past week with only those visits under my belt I felt a sense of relief to know in spite of the fact the legislative session is over without cannabis having even been decriminalized, the troops are STILL ready for battle these next two years. Lacking only an authentic direction to which they should pursue and with the help of Free The Weed In Texas this and future articles alike aim to do just that.
Myself having never visited Austin prior and specifically the capitol you soon learn change comes from the hustle and bustle of young and old minds alike “trying” to convince our elected officials that we are due the right to have them vote in our favor. Me being the cynical mind that I was watched as countless disappointments were made through this process, but it clicked. These politicians are set up much like a wall, and we the people who seek to make change have to chip and crack at that wall to even get through for only a peak into a dark crack for a glimpse of sunshine through the hole.
Our battle isn’t with Politicians it’s within ourselves.
For you see even as we stand on a united platform coming humbly from our own individual circumstances we come into an arena fighting for something and automatically we are divided by the beliefs and morality of our elected officials.
Given that we are talking about our right and access to a plant, we at Free The Weed In Texas whole heartedly agree that the focus is whole plant access for the people because once again we are allowing ourselves to be regulated and charged for the right to use the benefits of something we should rightfully be able to grow ourselves and easily enough make whatever products we want relating to this plant.
Continuing to Update People, Politicians & Police will be the intention over these next two years as we wait for our opportunity to chip and crack at the wall again.
Like Jericho it will all come crumbling down…
We here at Free The Weed take the open forefront that we won’t be taken aback by lack of movement from our politicians, we will openly stand and face our opponent with professionalism and positivity in the arena set before us, But if you think we are playing by their rules…well think again.
TEXAS- You should be insulted by what the Texas legislators have passed out of the House declaring wins for the cannabis community. House Bills 1365 & 3703 are very weak and only offer .5% THC.
If people tell you we have medical cannabis in Texas, that is a lie, no we don’t.
In these Bills, if they even pass in the Senate, then signed by the Governor. You will have to get approved by one doctor, get a second opinion and approved by another doctor, and that is for only .5% THC. Are you gonna medicate with that? No. Might as well use hemp!
If you need a higher dose you must go to see a medical advisory board (that don’t exists yet) with your doctor to see if you can get approval.
They act like Texas is doing something nobody has done before! This ain’t new, more than half of the United States and half of the Western Hemisphere have ventured out further than Texas. The stats, data and facts are already there. They are keeping medication from us to fatten their pockets.
House Bill 1365 does offer a lot more than 3703 and that’s after 1365 was amended to be weakened. 1365 has a wider range of medical issues that will allow you to get relief and it also offers protection from CPS. However, the amount of THC is only .5%.
Hannah Boyer, who spent nearly a year as a retail budtender for both medical and recreational patients, and then spent almost two years as a production associate in one of the largest indoor cultivation warehouses in North America had this to say about these two Texas House Bills. “Having access to only CBD with less than a half percent THC is only going to help a very small percentage of people in my experience working with patients in the legal industry in Colorado. Considering the side effects for THC are minimal, not long-lasting, not lethal, and are sometimes simply positive, I just don’t see why Texas lawmakers are dragging their feet about this at this point. Obviously it isn’t about the patients or the potential for pain relief at all – it’s about all the money and false information going against this plant for the last 80 years. At this point I think we will just have to wait out the generation ruling Texas politics and hope that the next generations in politics care more about people than money, religion, and fear-mongering falsities.”
“The Texas legislators creating a bill that allows only .5% THC shows a serious disconnect with what the public is demanding and the concepts of freedom and liberty. They refuse to accept real evidence showing that this medication can save lives, and continue to believe the propaganda that was created decades ago to protect special interests. We the people have the sole right to decide what goes into our bodies, and that is a right protected by the 9th amendment to the US constitution. There’s a good chance you’re not familiar with it, but don’t be embarrassed. The chance is just as likely that your representatives haven’t read the 9th amendment either. They need to wake up from this fantasy world where they get to decide how we live our lives. They need to realize that we are not asking permission to consume cannabis. Instead, we are demanding that they stop imprisoning us for peacefully consuming a naturally occurring plant.” Said, Daniel Behrman, 2020 Presidential Candidate for the Libertarian Party.
“They should be calling it a medical hemp Bill,” said the Texas Cannabis Queen. A well known activist in Texas who has a daily blog and works with many doctors, schools and businesses in the cannabis industry. She also agrees we should be asking for complete whole access to this plant.
We need to get away from making medical and recreational separate. Every single Texan should have whole access to cannabis. That is what Free The Weed In Texas is pushing.
The campaign to bring back David Philip Simpson’s Bill, HB 2165 from the year 2015 has started. This bill would deregulate cannabis entirely and give every single Texan WHOLE access to this plant.
Alexis Bortell put out on social media how she felt about these weak House Bills.
Alexis and David Simpson worked together on House Bill 2165 back in 2015, That Bill would have kept Alexis in Texas. She is currently a medical refugee living in Colorado waiting for something like House Bill 2165 from 2015, so she can come back home to Texas.
We should not be settling for this in Texas. It’s time we all start seeking complete whole access to cannabis. If you would like to join the cannabis revolution and support to bring back House Bill 2165 from 2015, please sign our petition.
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Stop and think to yourself, how far we are behind in Texas when it comes to cannabis freedom?
Why is it that Texas is chillin with the likes of Russia, North Korea and most of Africa? Is Texas going to be the last plot of land in red on the Western Hemisphere?
Sadly, in Texas police are still arresting people for small possession of cannabis at a very high rate.
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly true when it comes to marijuana arrests. Approximately 12% of America’s marijuana arrests were made in Texas in 2016. An incredible 98% of all weed arrests in the Lone Star State were for possession; a crime that could result in 180 days in prison and $2,000 fine if you have less than two ounces.
Texas takes the lead in marijuana arrests and it isn’t even close. The figure of 65,000 arrests is almost 30,000 more than New Jersey, its nearest rival. In 2017, Texan lawmakers introduced legislation to decriminalize minor offenses, but no vote was held in the House of Representatives. This year, that same Bill (HB 63) has been introduced for the THIRD time (6 years) and it has been denied, watered down and now, Dan Patrick is looking to kill it in the Senate.
As a result of this inaction, cities such as Dallas, San Antonio and Houston have created ‘cite and release’ programs. As part of these programs, if you are arrested for a minor weed crime, you don’t get punished with a criminal record as long as you finish a pre-trial diversion program. Other cities and counties have started to do the same, because the state is far behind its time!
Still, with well more than half of the people in Texas supporting lighter penalties, including the Libertarian, Democrat and Republican parties, lobbyist, corporations and law makers are fattening their pockets behind the curtain of tyranny.
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This was researched by an associate professor of criminal justice at Shenandoah University, Jon Gettman.
Why is texas so far behind?
Many reasons actually,
In Texas, it’s not up to the people, we can’t vote on this issue as a state. It must be done by the legislature that takes session once every two years.
No matter how many petitions we sign, that won’t work. It must be done by the legislature that takes session once every two years.
Money! These law makers and lobbyist are deep in bed with the jail industry, police force, & pharmaceutical companies. They do NOT listen to you. Including some of the “pro cannabis” lobbyist who are acting as such but helping slow the process. Open your EYES.
When people are scared of the government, there is tyranny. Too many people scared to do anything, to make a sacrifice, to come out of their comfort zone to make change. Too many people waiting around for it to happen. You must be the change that we all seek.
Education! Not enough people are educated on the process of how all this works and how easy it would be to change history here in Texas.
Sacrifice & dedication! There are many people taking all sorts of sacrifices to move cannabis freedom along here in Texas, but not nearly enough. We need more people to rise up and dedicate their time and energy to this cause.
We need to stop asking for so little. We are extremely far behind in Texas so asking for very small baby steps when we know we are going to get less, dose that make much sense at all? I mean, if we were the first state trying something, small steps could be the correct process, but we are talking about being one of the last. The facts, the data, the stats, it’s all there.
Social media activism. Sitting on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter all day is not helping. Social media serves a purpose for sure, but when the time comes to take real action, we need people getting out in the streets, building the cannabis community network, talking to people about the process and getting to Austin when the times comes. Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have started to make it hard for real voices to be heard. We are being silenced on social media too.
Believe in the power of the people! Too many people doubting the power of the people.
Take Action! Follow through and stay the course!
Why do we ask for so little, if we are so far behind?
We have to start asking for more and accepting nothing less.
if someone says, we can’t “Free the weed in texas” they are working against us or don’t understand the power of the people!
the plan to free the weed in texas COMPLETELY once and for all.
Free The Weed In Texas has a plan to “free the weed” completely, once and for all. Texas had over a dozen Bills introduced this year, that were cannabis related to reduce penalties, all of them have been killed or watered down to barley anything. This is another win for the lobbyist and law makers that continue to work together to slow this process down.
We should not be asking for medical and recreational separate. We should be asking for whole access to this plant.
We will have to wait another two years to try to make something happen for Texas. Full access to cannabis is what Texans deserve, and that’s what Free The Weed In Texas will deliver in 2021. Stay locked in here!
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Yesterday, the Texas House was supposed to get to vote on House Bill 63, a Bill that would reduce penalties for small possession of cannabis here in Texas.
Sadly, the Texas House adjourned early yesterday and HB 63 has been postponed. It has a slight chance of getting a vote today, but that is not likely. It will most likely get pushed back until next week.
We want to thank everyone who has called, emailed and been a part of this grueling process. There is more work to be done for sure. If you have not already contacted your representative to let them know you support HB 63, please do so today! If they are not a co-author of this Bill, please ask then to do so. If you need help doing that, or anything else, that’s what we are here for. Message us on Facebook, call us (817-673-0028) or email Info@freetheweedintexas.com
We are urging all Texans to call your House Representative and demand them to vote yes on House Bill 63. If you need help with finding out who represents you or what to say, please feel free to contact us on the Cannabis hotline at 817-673-0028 or email@example.com
If House Bill 63 passed out of the House this Thursday, and is signed by the Governor, one ounce of cannabis or less would mean NO JAIL TIME AND NO CRIMINAL RECORD!
Are you ready to make history in Texas? Make that call!