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Marijuana Reform: Fears and Facts

Katharine Neill Harris | William Martin

Marijuana Reform: Fears and Facts.

On March 13, 2017, William Martin, director of the Drug Policy Program, testified before the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence in favor of HB 81, which would reduce the penalty for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana from arrest and possible jail time to a civil fine.

Martin’s testimony also included findings from his issue brief “Marijuana Reform: Fears and Facts (Update),” co-authored with Katharine A. Neill, Alfred C. Glassell, III, Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy, which highlights data supporting the assertion that ending marijuana prohibition benefits society in numerous and significant ways that outweigh potential negative impacts.

Watch video of Martin’s testimony:


The issue brief and a separate document listing the references cited by the authors can be downloaded below.