On March 2, Texas’ Independence Day, Rep. David Simpson used the occasion to voice his opinion on marijuana and its place in Texas. He filed a sweeping bill (HB 2165) that would potentially end marijuana prohibition for the state. This proposal would end marijuana prohibition, but it would not substitute a regulatory scheme.
Rep. David Simpson’s feelings on this subject are very different from his colleagues. He will more than likely experience great resistance from within his own party because of his stance on marijuana and its place in the state of Texas.
Simpson has consistently promoted the principles of limited government, individual liberty and personal responsibility. In addition, he is known for his “Christian case” on drug law reform.
In a news release given by his office, Simpson gave the statement that “Current marijuana policies are not based on science or sound evidence, but rather misinformation and fear. All that God created is good, including marijuana. God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix”.
Simpson also revealed in his statement that the bill proposes regulating the plant like tomatoes, jalapeños and coffee is regulated. He also expressed the wish for the plant to be able to be utilized for good. He feels that it should be used to help people who suffer from seizures, warriors who suffer from PTSD and other beneficial products.
Rep. Simpson is alone so far in that the only previously filed pot-reform bills proposed this session were by Democrats. The one exception is that there were proposals made by both House and Senate Republicans to allow the production and use of specialized cannabis oil to treat cases of severe epilepsy.
For now, where Texas will come out on the legalization of marijuana is yet to be determined. The war on drugs is not usually addressed by many white suburban law makers, especially a tea party Republican from East Texas. If any Republican would be able to bring the others out of their comfort zone, it would seem that Rep. Simpson would be the one to accomplish it.
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