Marijuana field test; evidence at trial. (HB88)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Marijuana field test; evidence at trial. Provides that a law-enforcement officer is permitted to testify as to the results of any field test approved by the Department of Forensic Science regarding whether or not any plant material is marijuana in any trial for a misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Under current law, such testimony is allowed only in any trial for simple possession of marijuana. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/09/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102207D
12/09/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB88)
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/31/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Read second time and engrossed
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House (95-Y 4-N)
02/09/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/19/2018Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB110.


Rob Waters writes:

Just because a field test is given, it doesn't render the results to be flawless and perfect as well as rendering an officer in the field as being a de facto expert on the matter.

Juliet Hiznay writes:

Bad idea. Field tests are not reliable and should not be used even in marijuana possession cases.

Brandon Crum writes:

prohibition has and will always be bad in the long run since the black market is where prohibition is sending these items. the idea that making a marijuana plant illegal is basically giving way to the newest capone central marketing with cartels and mafias. its better to simply make it legal and regulate it with revenue allowing the plant to get off the black market and into the worlds control.