or a brief moment, marijuana decriminalization in Texas was a bipartisan possibility. The Texas House recently approved a bill that would have prohibited the arrest of individuals for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. But when it was passed on to the state Senate, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick immediately gathered a Republican majority in opposition and killed the bill.
Like in Texas, swaths of conservatives around the country are holding out against the rising tide of decriminalization as more states are eliminating criminal penalties for possession. While this might be well-intentioned, it’s a mistake—marijuana decriminalization is firmly in line with conservative principles.
Fight for Big Government
The fight against marijuana is a fight for big government. Indeed, the pursuit of criminal charges for marijuana possession has just strengthened