Marijuana Decriminalized in Texas by 2015?

Marijuana Decriminalized in Texas by 2015?

AUSTIN, TX — Texas Governor Rick Perry has always been outspoken, even with regard to marijuana.  Lately he has been talking about the decriminalization of marijuana in the Lone Star State all over the world–most recently in Austin on Jimmy Kimmel Live at the SXSW Music Festival Tuesday night.

Governor Perry appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live for an exclusive interview.  Initially the audience was booing him until the topic of marijuana came up. When the Governor was asked by Jimmy Kimmel about decriminalizing marijuana in Texas he responded “We’ve kind of done that” and “You don’t want to ruin a kid’s life for having a joint.”

When Jimmy Kimmel suggested that Perry may decriminalize marijuana possession in Texas by the time he exits from office in January 2015, Governor Perry surprisingly nodded in agreement.

In January Governor Perry also spoke about lessening penalties for marijuana possession in Switzerland.  He was quoted as saying “After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past. What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade.”

Governor Perry has said he does not personally support marijuana legalization but he has also repeatedly stated that it should be left up to the states to decide.

While Governor Perry’s statements don’t change anything today, it is a huge sign of progress and moving the conversation forward.  The times are changing in Texas and soon you may no longer go to jail for possessing marijuana in the Lone Star State.

  • DFW Heathen

    Wendy Davis is our best shot at legalization in Texas.

  • twotoker

    he will say anything. he is on the [ sam ] mind set. they would put us all in rehab and when we get out we won’t ever smoke pot again. what are they smoking! crack

  • confused

    I agree w DFW. Perry does not want to de criminalize weed. I just spent the night in jail for half of gram of kush. It cost me around 4000 to get all taken off my record. A lot of people like the republicans get their pockets lined by the police and miltary. Thats why they want to be at war with someone and throw as many people as they can in jail. They also gets their pockets lined with money by the private jails. The only reason texas is red is because of gerrymandering. VOTE DEMOCRATIC

    • VincentVonDudler

      Simple solution to gerrymandering is implementing the shortest-splitline method. Have a computer algorithm take care of it and say goodbye to the insanity.

    • Sean

      I wonder why it cost you 4k when the highest fine in Texas is 2k and you claim you were caught with half a gram. That’s like going to the doctor with a broken toe and him deciding they’ll need to amputate the whole foot for no reason. You’re either lying or they know you by name.

      • Chris

        Lawyer fee to seal the deferred adjudication from record? Pretty quick to jump to conclusions there. Also Texas law doesn’t care what amount you have up to 2 OZ same penalty.

  • Edo Edo

    There’s no secret as to why he is using the time frame of “by 2015″. Like most politicians, Perry is paying attention to polls and wants to see if the push to legalize cannabis will remain strong or if it will prove to be a short term fluke. If states like Oregon and Alaska legalize recreational cannabis by ballot initiative in 2014 and national poll numbers stay above 50%, Perry will jump on the chance to begin campaigning for president under the guise of “small, less expensive government” and “states’ rights”. He doesn’t care about the people caught up in the war of cannabis, and he’ll never legalize on he national level, but he’ll go along with allowing the states the option to legalize if it means getting votes in necessary swing states…

  • malcolmkyle

    During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

    • VincentVonDudler

      Malcolm – as always I appreciate your persistence.

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    perry may be the biggest shark in the sea, Texas will be last

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…

    Average spent per inmate a year = $31,286 (profit and police over people)
    Average spent per student a year = $10,605 (dumber and more
    in debt, each one of us is liable for around $40,000 of rising American debt)

    love and freedom forever


  • Trisha Lynch

    he’s an opportunistic liar. “In 2010, Texas police officers arrested more than 78,000 people for marijuana, 97% of those arrests were for possession alone. Each marijuana arrest costs taxpayers an estimated $10,000.”

    • Andrew

      What’s your source for the estimate on the cost of marijuana arrests?

  • Lol@libs

    Lol at the stupid posts below. You low information voters are so simple minded. First off, I support legalization and am republican. Being republican doesn’t mean you HAVE to think anything. I know plenty republicans who support it as well. It’s mildly, but not completely a partisan issue. Wendy Davis is an idiot who will say whatever she thinks you want to hear. Casting a vote for a governor simply because of their stance on marijuana speaks numbers about your intelligence DFE Heathen. ‘Confused’ just spent the night in jail, I guess he has very valuable insight on all of this…just like anyone else at that maturity level. Anyways I do believe it’s just a matter of time until its legalized one way or the other. Celebrate that. But after you liberals celebrate maybe you should re-evaluate the idiotic things you go around saying.

    • confused

      I am a 57 year old college gradute with horrible migraines stupid.

    • Nicholas Susco

      Just by the fact that you have to defend the stupid and dangerous ideas of your party make me laugh. Go independent so you do not have to worry about defending a party who sent us into the great depression, the great recession, and the war on drugs. You guys suck at everything accept protecting each other at the expense of everyone else.

      • jabbadahut

        nobody has to defend the Republican Party, they are winning just fine on their own

  • VincentVonDudler

    Don’t be an a-hole, man.

  • VincentVonDudler

    Decriminalization is not the same as Legalization. Legalization is business friendly. Decriminalization is just a half-measure.

  • aj

    Texas drug courts are not even CLOSE to decriminalization! Probation, drug tests, drug classes and excessive fines. Those are CRIMINAL penalties!

  • aj

    Drug courts are NOT decriminalization not even close. Probation, drug testing and seeing a criminal judge. Does THAT sound like decriminalization?!

    • ckc57tbird

      Yes it sounds like decriminalization.. in the late 60’s my brother got 5 years for a seed found under the seat of his car…Understand now?

  • Thomas

    Even obama said marijuana isnta as bad as ciggs.

  • spider

    Go Wendy Davis! Its time for new leadership.

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  • enough already

    Gov. Perry must be serious about his political future unlike the republican idiot Christy. Do you think some of them are finally getting a clue. I don’t trust any of the republican party members in office or running for office. It’s all a game of votes.

  • davidmdb33

    Making pot legal removes a major money maker and item of smuggling from the drug cartels. They lose billiions in sales. Money ,after all, is the real power of the cartels. The willingness to fight and protect their source of income or take over someone elses territory.

  • Ryan

    16 years ago in McKinney Texas, I was caught with a quarter sack, a roach, and a pipe…and was never arrested. I was simply asked to dump out the bag and slapped with a paraphernalia charge. Maybe you should double check your facts.

  • confused

    Im sure ur a white alpha male

  • confused

    I know ur a white alpa male

    • James

      And you are an ignorant racist.

      • confused

        I am so glad Im getting to you!

  • confused

    Im positive ur a white alpa male

    • Andrew

      I think your confused about the spelling of the work alpha.

      • confused

        Need I say more?

  • Nicholas Susco

    The truth is Texas has the second largest prison population in the Untied States behind California. The United States has 1 out of every 100 of OUR citizens in prison. Texas Department of Corrections is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the name TDCJ. So anyone who believes a man who will never be elected President because he has the communication skills of a 6th grader is high. I quit smoking because I have been to jail too many times over a joint it makes me sick. I am not the smartest man in the world, but because of making a few bad decisions in my 20’s I am a second class citizen for life. So understand this fact, Texas will NEVER legalize marijuana for medical or recreational purposes no matter what. Just as it is fact that The United States own law books state that a person can receive the DEATH PENALTY for marijuana. So move to Colorado, Washington, or Mass. In Mass they can not even run a criminal background check when applying for a job. Move to Texas if you want to burn crosses and hire cheap Mexican Labor, but then say you are against illegal immigration. All Republicans are hypocrites, and I mean absolutely every single one of you. I can not wait until all of the Hispanic children reach voting age in 2018. Then your party will self-implode as it already is dong via Sarah Palin and her nut job tea bag followers, lol.

  • DFW Heathen

    I said “best shot” not “sure shot.” Perry and Abbott already said they were against it. So you can bet they’d use your favorite political power to stop it.

    • anon

      She sadly lost

  • ckc57tbird

    “Republicans love profit for the state of Texas and anything to make us an economic power house”
    You say this like there is something wrong with it.. Please explain why..

  • piratebrain

    I think Wendy Davis is the best shot but she would have legalize it in first few months. Votw for wendy and move the issue foward.

  • confused

    Need I say more? Maybe I should have said anal instead of alpha.

  • greg

    As pot smoker for the last 39 years I know I have payed the price to smoke by growing up in and out of jail for months at a time for possession .And it has cost me a many of good jobs .That I know I could have done well at .And the many of my tax dollars have been spent battling it even though I have been in favor of it for 39 hard years .The last thing I want to do is pay any dam tax on it .I’d rather it be totally legal It’s already cost me to much .I say to hell with paying another dime to smoke or eat something mother earth provides us with .I don’t think we all need to be sick to enjoy a brownie or a big fat joint of sensimilia .