Penalties for those caught with marijuana would be reduced to a $100 fine.
The bill is bringing stiff opposition from senate republicans:
Image by warrantedarrest via Flickr"The idea that we would decriminalize marijuana is one of the worst ideas I've heard in my 13 years in the state Senate," Republican Senate Minority Leader John McKinney said.
Former state rep Michael Lawlor who crafted the new bill said they have learned from what has and what has not worked in other states.
Lawlor has also suggested that decriminalizing marijuana could help clear up the state's overburdened court system and allow courts and law enforcement to focus on more serious crimes.