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Texas House passes pot bill; GOP Senate leader looks to block

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, gives his State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, listens in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Texas' tough stance on marijuana as the drug becomes increasingly legal elsewhere in the U.S. has grounded a bipartisan push in the state to decriminalize minor offenses — a change the Texas GOP platform has come around to endorsing, but not Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Virginia Grant, Culture Editor

May 1, 2019

After 45 years decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana took a huge step forward when the Texas House of Representatives voted its approval of House Bill 63 by Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody (D-78).  The measure as passed stops short of legalization and instead reduces the penalty for possession of...

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