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September 29, 2015

Watch HBO Documentary of Obama's Historic Prison Visit

America spends a mind boggling $40 billion per year on a broken, ineffective, and racially biased (see our previous blog) criminal justice system. We are home to just 5% of the worlds population, but 25% of the world's entire prison population. Last...
September 28, 2015

The Unfair History of Marijuana Laws on Minorities

The consequences of the war on drugs has impacted Latinos and Blacks at tremendous rates. Blacks use marijuana at roughly the same rates as Whites , yet they are incarcerated at far higher rates. Correcting the imbalanced incarceration rates is one of the...
September 3, 2015

Vote for Our SXSW Marijuana Policy Reform Panel

SXSW - or "South by Southwest" - meets every March in Austin, bringing together thousands of music, movie, and technology professionals, reporters, and fans. This year, SXSW is considering putting up a panel about marijuana policy reform in Texas . The...
September 1, 2015

New Texas Laws In Effect Today

Hundreds of new Texas state laws go into effect today. The state laws, passed by the Texas Legislature that finished meeting a few months ago, cover a wide range of issues. Our friends at Annie's List have a great round-up of legislative accomplishments...
July 29, 2015

Momentum for Marijuana Policy Reform at Federal Level

The following post is cross-posted from our 501(c)(3) site, the Texas Research Institute. Momentum for marijuana policy reform is sweeping the country. Over the past few months, there's been real traction in the national fight for marijuana policy reform...
June 24, 2015

Texas Poll Finds Growing Support for Marijuana Policy

Following a year of unprecedented progress for marijuana policy reform, a new poll by the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tribune finds growing support for marijuana - specifically, reducing criminal penalties for small possession. Two years ago...
June 18, 2015

Top 10 Issues From the 2015 Texas Legislature

It wasn't all bad...but it wasn't all great, either. Now that the dust has settled and the 2015 Texas Legislative session is over, we've made a list of the 10 biggest issues under the pink dome. Be sure to share this list with your family and friends! 1...
June 5, 2015

What the Texas Legislature Did on Marijuana Policy Reform

For the first time ever, the Texas Legislature had a serious conversation about marijuana policy reform. Thanks to support from a fantastic bipartisan coalition , as well as over 25,000 statewide supporters , marijuana policy reform enjoyed unprecedented...
June 1, 2015

Texas Legislature: Class of 2015 Yearbook

The regular session of the 2015 Texas legislative session has ended. Through it all, progressives championed and defended issues important to many Texans. There's a lot that happened in the last 5 months, more bad bills than good ones, and we'll write...
May 7, 2015
Marijuana Policy Reform Bills Move Out of Texas Committees

Marijuana Policy Reform Bills Move Out of Texas Committees

Historic progress for marijuana policy reform continued this week, as three different bills were voted out of Texas legislative committees for the first time ever. But these bills aren't laws yet - they still have to be approved by the full legislature...
April 17, 2015

Halftime Report on the 2015 Texas Legislature

With less than 50 days left to pass bills in the Texas Legislature , the real action is about to begin. With so much going on, the following is a quick update on some of the progressive issues we work on most, and how things are shaping up for them at the...
April 9, 2015

Texas: Historic Marijuana Reform Hearing

Late last night, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee heard testimony from over 60 witnesses on marijuana policy reform bills - all focused on reducing criminal penalties from a felony to a ticket for small possession of marijuana. Supporters...
March 4, 2015
New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

New Studies Challenge Myths About Marijuana Policy Reform

A number of new studies support marijuana policy reform - and refute many arguments raised by opponents. Those who are uncomfortable with the idea of marijuana policy reform often fall back on a tired argument: "we need more time to study this issue." But...
March 2, 2015
Marijuana Policy Reform

Marijuana Policy Reform in the 2015 Texas Legislature

This year, there are a number of bills in the Texas Legislature that provide opportunities for marijuana policy reform. One type of reform, reducing criminal penalties for small possession, is supported by a majority of Texans. While different bills have...
February 15, 2015

Our Founding Fathers Would Support Marijuana Policy Reform

This President's Day, we think back to our founding fathers and their visions for America. Former presidents like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison planted great ideas that still live on in our country: freedom of speech, the pursuit...