State House endorses bill to make marijuana civil penalty

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A proposed bill could change one ounce marijuana possession from a crime to a civil penalty. (AP Photo/Ermindo Armino)

Lawmakers in Austin are considering a big change to marijuana possession.

The bill would change one ounce of marijuana possession from a crime to a civil penalty. Those who are caught with one ounce or less would be fined $250. They would not be arrested.

The fine would increase to $500 for a third violation.

The bill has the approval of a House committee, but its future is uncertain.

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