More than two dozen U.S. states have legalized some form of marijuana for medical or recreational use, but the drug remains illegal at the federal level and in Texas. On Thursday, Houston officials announced the city will decriminalize low-level marijuana possession.
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On Aug. 23, 2016, a Memphis City Council committee voted 5-2 to pass a marijuana decriminalization ordinance to decriminalize simple possession.
Legislators and business leaders in Texas are making the case for decriminalizing marijuana in their state, according to a July 18, 2016, article in the Austin American-Statesman. They are trying to address a common problem. Minor, nonviolent drug offenses often prevent people from getting jobs due to their criminal record.
If you were arrested for simple possession of marijuana in public view while in New York, that part of your criminal record could be sealed. The New York State Assembly voted June 15, 2016, to seal those records with a 99-42 vote including support from both major political parties. Now supporters are hoping the state Senate will pass a complementary bill.