textbook (Texas Politics Today 2015-2016 Edition) describes one of the benefits
of federalism as "the ability for individual states to serve as public
policy laboratories, providing insights on how well different policies actually
work when taken from theory to practice."
legalized marijuana in 2014 - sort of. Colorado Amendment 64 passed in 2012,
allowing adults to grow marijuana plants, and to possess up to an ounce of
cultivated pot. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but the U.S.
Justice Department outlined in this memo that it doesn't intend to enforce the federal ban.
How has this worked out for
Colorado? It depends on who you ask.
now has more marijuana dispensaries than liquor stores and Starbucks combined.
The state government of Colorado is collecting millions in taxes
and license fees. Still, employees can still be legally fired for testing positive for
marijuana, and federal tax laws are written to punish sellers. At least one
business is relocating to another state because so many employees came
to work stoned.
Is this an experiment worth
trying in Texas?
this year, H.B. 2165, a marijuana legalization bill, was approved by the
Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. It didn't become law, but the
fact that it was approved by a committee at all is significant.
What would be the
advantages and disadvantages of approving a law like Colorado's?
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