Proposed bill would lessen penalties for marijuana in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas lawmakers will debate Thursday on whether to lessen the penalties for being caught with marijuana.

Under the bill, an ounce or less of pot would result in a maximum $500 fine.

Right now, it could cost you up to $2,000 and up to 180 days in jail.

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If the bill passes the House, it goes to the Texas Senate.

In Harris County, people caught with less than four ounces of pot enter a diversion program. That's been in place since 2017.

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