Legalize Cannabis In Texas.
Legalize Cannabis In Texas.
We have called on Texas to legalize cannabis on multiple occasions. The latest polls show Texans favor legalization to the tune of over 3 to 1. Yet, nothing has changed. Nobody in office can claim to support individual liberty, while saying that what the majority wants.. doesn’t matter. We’re calling for reforms. The people are calling for reforms. Our government swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of Texas, a Constitution that gives the power to the people of the State.
Article 1: Section 2 of the Texas Constitution states, “All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.”
Why is it, then, that over 75% of the people.. don’t matter? Why is it that our government claims to value liberty, but only on issues they support? Is this how liberty works? No, it’s not. Is this how the power of the people works? The answer is simple.
Article 1: Section 19 of the Texas Constitution states, “No citizen of this State shall be deprived of life, liberty, property, privileges or immunities, or in any manner disfranchised.”
We were promised freedom, we were promised liberty. So let’s take a look at the actual definition of liberty.
1: quality or state of being free:
a: the power to do as one pleases
b: freedom from physical restraint
c: freedom from arbitrary or despotic control
d: the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges
e: the power of choice
Nobody can claim that Texas believes in liberty, then refuse to hear the will of the people by placing your heads in the sand.
We call on the government of our state to give the people the liberty and freedom we were promised. We call on Texas to stop spending $900 million, annually, on cannabis prohibition. We call for the government of our state to hold a referendum on legal cannabis; let the people choose. We call for this referendum to be held in public forum, as everyone has the right to vote on this issue. We call for the government of Texas to stop trying to tell the people what they want; that’s not how this should work. We call on those that oppose this petition and refuse to honor the will of Texans, to resign.. as is our right under Article 1: Section 2 of the Texas Constitution. We are no longer the silent majority. It is time for change.
We are petitioning the Texas government to amend the Constitution under Article 1 to include the right to use cannabis for either reason(medically or recreationally). We have come up with some guidelines that must be included in the law, by will of the people, should this petition receive the appropriate amount of signatures.
1. Allow the sale of cannabis in licensed businesses only. Legal cannabis businesses shall be allowed to open not later than 1 year after acceptance of this petition, to allow state and local governments time to put policies in place.
2. Require security to be provided at all legal cannabis dispensaries.
3. Set the age requirement for recreational cannabis purchases at 21+. Medical cannabis requirements should be discussed with a doctor, however, you must still be 21+ to enter a dispensary and purchase cannabis.
4. Allow state residents to purchase up to the maximum of one ounce of dried flower, the equivalent in concentrates/edibles, or a mix of both per day.
5. Allow out-of-state visitors to purchase cannabis with restrictions on the purchase amount. Limit purchases to 7 grams, per day.
6. Ban in-public consumption of cannabis products similar to other states and how we treat alcohol in our own state. Set this with a maximum fine of $500 for the first offense, no more than $1,500 for a second offense, and no more than $2,500 for further offenses. In-public should consist of bars, clubs, businesses, streets, near schools. Consumption of cannabis products on your own property shall not be considered “in public”, however common courtesy should apply.
7. Allow landlords to set their own rules regarding cannabis consumption on their own property with regards to consumption and with remedies for them should a tenant break those rules. This should be on a “beyond reasonable doubt” basis, but landlords shall have a legal avenue to evict a tenant for breaking the rules regarding cannabis consumption. Landlords MUST have, in their rental agreements, whether cannabis is allowed on their property or not similar to tobacco use.
8. The smell of cannabis alone shall no longer be considered probable cause to search a vehicle of state residents. This does not mean that officers can not have probable cause if they believe the driver of the vehicle is under the influence.
9. Driving under the influence of cannabis shall be treated in a manner consistent with DUI/DWI laws already in place.
10. When driving with cannabis(as in driving home from a dispensary), all cannabis products must be out of reach of the driver.
11. Employers shall be prohibited from firing employees for “off the job” cannabis use, unless employer and employee agree to this prior to hiring. If the employer prohibits “off the job” cannabis use, they shall also prohibit “off the job” alcohol consumption. Employers shall stop screening for cannabis use unless the above is put in place.
12. Texas residents shall be allowed to grow not more than two plants for personal use at any given time at their own homes. Tenants of rentals shall be subject to the limitations applied in section 7 above.
13. State tax percentage shall be limited to the current tax percentage of alcohol. At the time that this petition was put forth, the state tax for alcohol is 6.25%. County taxes on cannabis shall not exceed those in place for alcohol.
14. Counties may “opt-out” of having cannabis dispensaries only by a 65% majority vote from the county residents. However, in the case that counties “opt-out” they do not receive any tax monies in any form from the sale of cannabis. While counties may “opt-out” from allowing dispensaries, no state residents in counties that opt-out shall be prohibited from using cannabis so long as the age requirement is met.
15. Tax monies collected from both medical and recreational cannabis sales shall be used for purposes as seen fit by the state and local governments. However, a portion of the taxes shall go to youth use prevention programs similar to alcohol youth use prevention programs, as we know that cannabis use as well as alcohol used by those under the age of 21 can potentially have harmful effects based on numerous studies conducted.
16. Any person who purchases cannabis for someone under the age of 21 shall be subject to the same laws as those who purchase alcohol for those under the age of 21. This shall not apply to parents or caregivers who otherwise follow the law for medical cannabis. If a doctor has decided that the benefits of medical cannabis outweigh the risks for those under 21, a parent or caregiver may purchase and administer medical cannabis and medical cannabis only to their child.
17. Personal sale or “black market” sale shall be prohibited completely. The punishment for this shall be discussed by state and local governments.
18. Any changes to the laws regarding cannabis, once passed, must be approved by the same 65% majority as stated above.