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Texas lawmaker introduces pot reform legislation

Texas lawmaker introduces pot reform legislation
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Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:02pm

New medical marijuana legislation in Austin means lawmakers will again debate pot law reform.

House Bill 594 would allow Texans arrested for possession of marijuana to give police evidence that his or her doctor gave instructions that use of the drug could benefit that person's illness.

It also protects physicians who write instructions recommending marijuana use.

Currently, possession of up to two ounces of pot is a class B misdemeanor, which carries penalties of up to 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine, or both.

The proposed reform law would lower that fine to $500 and no jail time.

The bill is sponsored by state Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin

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