Voters in Texas’ second most populous city, San Antonio, overwhelmingly rejected it Saturday ballot initiative that would have decriminalized marijuana prohibition of abortion restrictions. Meanwhile, voters in Harker Heights narrowly reaffirmed a measure to decriminalize cannabis they had previously approved last year but was later rescinded by local officials.
The results come as advocates wait for the Senate to move on it Statewide decriminalization bill passed by the House of Representatives Last month.
San Antonio’s action would have prevented police from making arrests or issuing citations for low-level marijuana possession, prevented enforcement of laws criminalizing abortion, banned no-knock warrants and made other reforms.
Advocates with Ground Game Texas, the organization that led the ballot initiative, It delivered more than 37,000 signatures for its qualification in january. But after a heated campaign in which the police union strongly urged voters to reject the measure, they did so by a wide margin, from 72 percent to 28 percent.
The motion stated, “It is the policy of the City of San Antonio to use its available resources and authority to achieve three objectives of the utmost importance: first, to reduce the city’s contribution to mass incarceration; second, to mitigate racial discrimination law.”
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