In a move that is unprecedented, the Texas House of Representatives Panel has approved the use of marijuana for any purpose.
The author of the bill, Republican David Simpson, used Christian values in his reasoning for the vote.
He said in an op-ed piece that it was his belief in God, and his distrust of government, as well as criticism of the “War on Drugs” which led him to sponsor the marijuana legalization bill.
“As a Christian, I recognize the innate goodness of everything God made and humanity’s charge to be stewards of the same,” Simpson explained. “I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix.”
The Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved the bill which would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in Texas.
This vote came only days after a 4-2 vote to decriminalize marijuana. This marked the first proposal to decriminalize that has made it out of a Texas legislative committee to date.
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