Texas To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
A Texas lawmaker has proposed a bill that would put a complete stop to marijuana prohibition. House Bill 2165 was introduced on Monday, coincidentally Texas Independence Day, by a “constitutional conservative” Republican from East Texas.
Bill sponsor Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) stated, “All that God created is good, including marijuana. God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix.” He continued to voice his support for legalization by saying, “Government prohibition should be for violent actions that harm your neighbor—not of the possession, cultivation, and responsible use of plants.” If this bill passes, dozens of Texas laws related to marijuana prohibition would be repealed. Simpson believes that cannabis should be regulated like “tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee.”
AJ Lauderback, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, unfortunately has a different perspective of legalizing cannabis. He cited the myth that says marijuana is a "gateway drug" before clarifying that the organization will oppose Simpson’s bill or any other bill in support of legalization. Still, Simpson believes, “We should use our resource in law enforcement to deal with murder, with rape, with theft, but just possessing a substance that God made is not wrong. Putting people in prison and teaching them a whole lot about crime, separating them from the family, taking away the breadwinners simply for possessing a plant that God made—that’s wrong.”