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Texas Legislature 2019

No, experts don't consider marijuana a gateway drug. That, and five more fact checks from the Texas Legislature on weed.

It’s unlikely Texas will become the next Colorado or California anytime soon. But when it comes to loosening criminal penalties or expanding medicinal use, how much of what each side says is true?

The Harris County Jail houses more than 8,000 inmates at any given time. For three months last year, 17-year-old Lena was one of them.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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Claim: “All drug addicts … start with marijuana”

Claim: “Marijuana has yet to kill a single human being upon consumption”

Claim: Teens who smoke regularly will experience a drop in IQ

Claim: Smoking marijuana adversely impacts people with mental illnesses

Claim: Decriminalization leads to greater marijuana use

Claim: Decriminalizing pot will lead to its full-blown legalization

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