Texas lawmaker says marijuana should be regulated like tomatoes

Texas lawmaker says marijuana should be regulated like tomatoes
Rep. David Simpson filed HB 2165 on Monday. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Rep. David Simpson filed HB 2165 on Monday. (Source: KLTV Staff)
HB 2165 repeals other laws pertaining to marijuana. (Source: KLTV Staff)
HB 2165 repeals other laws pertaining to marijuana. (Source: KLTV Staff)

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - East Texas legislator, David Simpson, is looking to make marijuana as legal as tomatoes and jalapeños.

Representative Simpson of District 7 in Longview filed a bill on Monday that would remove the prohibition of marijuana from every Texas law on the books.

Simpson's bill is not the first to deal with marijuana. Senator Kevin Eltife and Representative Stephanie Klick filed a bill in January that would legalize the use of the plant for medicinal purposes to treat epilepsy.

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would not just create a new law pertaining to certain marijuana use, it would repeal all previous laws relating to the cannabis plant by striking each reference to marijuana from Texas law.

Simpson said the herb should be regulated like any other fruit or vegetable.

"A tomato is benign, a jalapeño is not so benign,” said Simpson. “But you don't need a law to tell children not to use too much of it."

Simpson referenced the sales tax and selling regulations on tomatoes that he believes should still apply to marijuana. However, the strict regulations for controlled substances and alcohol, should not apply, said Simpson.

“Just whatever laws apply to tomatoes,” said Simpson.

The Texas representative said that making the plant legal would save taxpayers and the government billions.

“It would be a tremendous benefit to the state. It's hard for anyone to believe that the war on drugs is working.” said Simpson. “We pour billions and billions in, and we're continuing to send more and more people to jail and we're taking mothers out of their homes and away from their children.”

Simpson said he has never experimented with marijuana, but he believes the plant should be treated as a part of God's good creation.

“God didn't make a mistake when he made marijuana that government needs to fix." said Simpson. “We should use all of his creation responsibly.”

If passed, House Bill 2165 would go into effect on September 1, 2015.

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