Texans for Accountable Government
Testimony of Justin Arman, Ex. Dir. of Texans for Accountable Government
IN SUPPORT of HB 2165,
Before the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on April 8th, 2015
Thank you Chairman and members of this committee, my name is Justin Arman and I’m the Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government. We strongly support Representative Simpson’s bill which offers the greatest correction to one of the biggest mistakes the State of Texas has ever made.
The facts show that Texas is leading the charge with seventy-four thousand arrests in Texas per year for simple possession, millions of dollars of wasted resources, and countless lives moved into the prison industrial complex; you all know just how bad the War on Drugs really is. And simple logic tells us that for every dollar spent throwing nonviolent people behind bars, a dollar is diverted from defending people against actual violence.
The market demand for marijuana will exist whether it is prohibited or not, and when the State of Texas outlawed this plant, it pushed this market underground. Law abiding citizens and business owners will not do black-market business because there is no means for arbitration, so the market – which is there regardless of whether or not it’s legal – will attract cartels, muscle, and the worst of society to meet the demand.
In the time I’ve been addressing this committee, two Americans have been arrested for marijuana possession. In 2011, marijuana possession arrests exceeded arrests for all violent crimes combined. And by the end of today, Texas will have spent $725,000 on the incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders.
As there is now more science backing benefits of this plant than the majority of supplements and even FDA approved drugs, and with the culture changing so quickly, eventually Texas will completely liberate this plant, as well as end the War On Drugs, which is really a War On Us, a War On Texans.
We would like to extend our utmost gratitude to Representative Simpson for holding the torch for liberty even when many still think he’s a bit ahead of his time. God surely did not make a mistake that civil government needs to fix, when He created cannabis.
 Data from Martin, an emeritus professor at Rice and a senior fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy – http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/Preaching-past-the-choir-6182391.php