Texas House committee OKs full marijuana legalization bill

AUSTIN, Texas - A proposal seeking full legalization of marijuana on religious grounds has some Texas marijuana advocates celebrating.

The bill cleared an unlikely legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Republican state Rep. David Simpson of Longview argues marijuana comes from God and therefore shouldn't be banned by government. The tea party stalwart has repeatedly championed what he calls the "Christian case" for legalization.

Simpson's bill languished for weeks before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Three committee Democrats and two Republicans surprisingly voted to support it Wednesday, though, and it passed 5-2.

That makes Simpson's bill eligible for consideration to reach the House floor before the legislative session ends June 1.

State law currently makes no exceptions even for medical marijuana.

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