Texas Representative Files Bill To Allow Local Legalization

A Texas representative has introduced legislation to advance cannabis legalization in the state.

State representative Jessica González (D-104) last week announced the filing of HB 3248.

Local Legalization

The bill would allow counties and municipalities to adopt orders or ordinances to permit adult-use cannabis within their jurisdictions.

HB 3248 also tasks the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation with adopting rules for the bill’s administration, standards, and enforcement, including licensing, regulation, testing, and transportation.

González says that sixteen states have legalized cannabis, and 26 states have decriminalized its use.

“In a recent study, 54% of Texans supported the legalization of recreational cannabis use,” says González. “While Texas has made progress with the Compassionate Use Act, we have been left behind on a potential revenue source that would increase investments in public education to make the best decision for themselves in regards to cannabis legalization, and HB 3248 would allow that for adults 21 year or older.”

HB 3248 would require the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation to adopt rules for implementing, administrating, and enforcing Chapter 491 of the Health and Safety Code by July 1, 2022.

Dollar Distribution

HB 3248 would add a 10 percent tax on cannabis products.

Ten percent of tax revenue from sales would fund regulation, and ten percent would go to cannabis testing and quality control.

Twenty percent of tax revenue would go to participating local governments for oversight, and remaining funds would go to the Foundation School Program.

The Foundation School Program is the primary source of state funding for Texas school districts, ensuring that all districts receive equal access to revenue.

The bill also requires the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to begin licensing cannabis growers, retail shops, transporters, and testing facilities by November 1, 2022.

If approved, HB 3248 would take effect on September 1, 2021.

Last week, González also filed HB 3249, which would prohibit judges from issuing warrants for violating community supervision if THC or CBD show up on a drug screen.