Let the People Decide not the Texas Government

This is the result of what happened 8 months after the citizens of Oklahoma organized and signed a similar petition in order to legalize, regulate, and tax the medical for recreational use of marijuana. The following explains what we should present to all local governments in order to facilitate a bill being written and passed. This measure adds a new article to the Constitution, which would generally legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for persons aged 21+ under state law (but not alter the rights of medical for recreational marijuana licensees). Specifically, it protects the personal use of marijuana for those 21+, while establishing quantity limits, safety standards, and other restrictions. It maintains prohibitions on impaired driving and distribution to, or use by, those under 21. It would not affect employers' ability to restrict marijuana use by employees. Property owners generally may restrict marijuana on their property. The Texas Marijuana Authority would license, regulate, and administer the article pursuant to specified requirements. It permits municipalities, upon popular vote, to limit or prohibit retail licenses. It imposes a 15% excise tax on sales (not applicable to medical for recreational marijuana) to fund the Authority, localities where sales occur, schools (for programs to prevent substance abuse and improve student retention and performance), and drug-addiction treatment programs, while ensuring such funds must add to, and not replace, existing funding. It provides a judicial process for people to seek modification, reversal, redesignation or expungement of certain prior marijuana-related judgments and sentences. Its provisions are severable and would take effect in 90 days.

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