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Newly planted marijuana plants at Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation Medical Marijuana facility in South Austin on April 30, 2021.

Voters in five Texas cities approved decriminalizing marijuana. Now city officials are standing in the way.

Some local leaders say they worry the changes violate state law, while residents who supported decriminalizing marijuana say the pushback disrespects democracy.

Brian and Alexandra Burt pose for a portrait during a weed legalization petition signing event in Harker Heights on Dec. 3, 2022.
Executive Director Julie Oliver poses for a portrait during a weed legalization petition signing event in Harker Heights, Texas Dec. 3.
A sign asking for the decriminalization of marijuana is posted outside of an event hosted by Ground Game in Harker Heights, Texas.
Apartments and business near the University of North Texas campus in Denton on May 8, 2020.
Shirley Fleming poses for a portrait during a weed legalization petition signing event in Harker Heights, Texas Dec. 3.

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