State Rep. Joe Moody announced at a news conference Monday that he’ll introduce a bill to decriminalize simple marijuana possession in Texas.

“Our current marijuana policy in Texas just isn’t working,” Moody said. He believes his bill is a step in the right direction.


Texas State Rep. Joe Moody

Under House Bill 507, possessing an ounce or less of marijuana is not only a civil — rather than criminal — violation, but police are forbidden from making arrests for simple possession. The court will also have the option of ordering community service.

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