AUSTIN, Texas — Voters in Maine, Nevada, Massachusetts and California have all voted 'yes' to recreational marijuana.
In Texas, it's not even decriminalized yet. But some in the Texas legislator are trying to fix that.
On Monday, the first day of the 2017 Texas legislative session, bills were filed trying to mellow the harsh on Texas pot possession.
The bills could reduce punishments for possession of less than an ounce, make possession of small amounts a misdemeanor or even create a specialty court for first-time offenders.
Texas may be one of the last places to see recreational use — if ever! Some are skeptical the state will never relax on it at all.
Governor Greg Abbott surely won't support legalizing marijuana as he's said countless times. Even Republicans think we might see some decriminalization in 2017.
“We are in a budget shortfall, so this will be tax money that could be saved from enforcement and from keeping people in jail,” said Hunter White, the communications director with Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition. “We have multiple bills attempting to do it in different ways, so there are lots of options available. It doesn't have to be just one way or no way,” Hunter said.
But even if the drug is decriminalize, don't expect to be able to spark up with impunity. Even where states have legalized it, companies can still terminate based on a dirty drug test. And there's nothing like a pink slip to blow your buzz.