Two bills dealing with marijuana made it farther than any other in the most recent session of the Texas legislature, according to the Houston Press. One would decriminalize possession of small amounts of weed, while another would create a medical marijuana program.
The session ended, however, before these bills could be voted on, in May. The fact that the bills made it as far as they did could indicate a changing attitude towards marijuana among members of the Texas legislature, but it would appear that real acceptance is still a ways off.
The next opportunity to try and pass legislation like this would be the 2018 mid term elections, or the new legislative session in 2019. Samantha Oser, spokeswoman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), told the Press that her organization was at work on an updated version of the medical marijuana bill, for submission in 2019. For it to be considered, NORML would have to find a representative to sponsor it in the new session.
“As far as next session goes, we feel pretty confident that we will be able to get something done,” Oser said in an interview.