In response to learning about House Billl 715, I wrote this letter.
April 10, 2003
The Honorable Jack Stick
Texas House of Representatives
PO Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Dear Representative Stick:
I am a constituent in your House district and I write you today regarding House Bill 715, authored by Rep. Harold V. Dutton. It is legislation that would reduce some penalties for possessing marihuana in small amounts. As of this writing, it is pending in the Criminal Jurisprudence committee.
I do not know how you stand on the possession and consumption of marihuana, but I urge you to support this bill. Simple possession of marihuana is the very hallmark of a victimless crime. Numerous studies have shown that our prison systems are bulging with inmates partly due to the presence of persons convicted of possession and I?m sure you are aware of the growing fiscal and human costs of maintaining our prisons. Furthermore, the bill would amend current law that states Texas can suspend your driver?s license for possession of up to one ounce of marihuana. This alone is motive enough to support the bill, for it is wholly unreasonable to punish someone so severely when they make the choice to possess a plant for their own enjoyment or transport it for others to enjoy.
As an advocate of individual freedom and personal responsibility, I believe marihuana should be decriminalized. However, I feel legislation such as this is a step in the right direction. Please let me know how you feel about this bill and how you think you might vote on it. Thank you for your time.
UPDATE 9/24/2004 5:49pm
The Austin American-Statesman, Voting, Free Speech, and Information
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