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Poll Shows Majority of Texans Support Reduced Penalties for Marijuana Possession

The penalties for marijuana possession in Texas are some of the harshest in the nation, especially when you consider that 19 states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis.

While a marijuana conviction can still lead to heavy penalties in Texas, the 2015 Texas Lyceum Poll suggests that in recent years public opinion has shifted significantly toward legalization. Out of 1,000 adult Texans surveyed, 46 percent said they support legalizing marijuana. Four years ago the same survey found that only 33 percent of Texans supported legalization.

Interestingly, of the 50 percent of respondents who still believe that marijuana should be illegal, 57 percent said they would support reducing the penalties for possession of small amounts.

Currently, being convicted of marijuana possession in Texas can result in jail time, heavy fines, a criminal record and more.

Even if you're convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana -- less than 2 ounces -- the possible penalties include up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. As the amount of marijuana increases, so do the penalties.

A marijuana conviction also tends to have collateral consequences, including driver's license suspension, difficulties in finding employment and housing, and, if you're a student, loss of financial aid.

Don't let a marijuana charge derail your life. Act now to safeguard your rights.

In far too many cases, people find themselves facing marijuana charges as a result of unlawful traffic stops, unlawful search and seizure, and other rights violations. If you have been charged with a marijuana offense, then don't hesitate to contact a criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and legal prowess to handle these kinds of cases.

The reality is that many marijuana charges are dropped or dismissed because a criminal defense lawyer intervened early in the legal process. Police officers and prosecutors are human -- they make mistakes -- and an experienced defense attorney can investigate your case for evidentiary gaps or other flaws on the part of law enforcement.

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