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Austin Freedom Act of 2021
We need 25,000 signatures so Austin can decriminalize marijuana. We will also ban a dangerous police tactic, “no knock” warrants. Please help us reach our goal by signing the petition and spreading the word!
Sign the Petition to
Decriminalize Marijuana in Austin
Just print the petition, sign and complete the info, and mail it in!
Here's how it works
Step 1. Download the petition.
Step 2. Sign the petition.
Step 3. Mail the petition to our team.
What you need to know
Petition to decriminalize marijuana
This will be an “initiated ordinance” to change Austin city law. The measure will (1) eliminate enforcement of low-level marijuana offenses and (2) ban dangerous “no knock” warrants.
- Keep people out of jail for marijuana possession.
- Prevent racially-biased police practices.
- Advance the movement for medicinal marijuana.
- Protect veterans who use marijuana for pain and PTSD.
- Save scarce public resources for greater needs.
- Stop cowboy-style “no knock” raids.
- Lower City liabilities for police abuse cases.
- Get people excited to vote in local elections.
- Lead other Texas cities by showing them what is possible.
- Direct democracy in action.
Frequently asked questions
- Why decriminalize marijuana?
- In past years, Austin police issued thousands of citations and made hundreds of arrests for marijuana possession. These disproportionately targeted Black and Hispanic community members. To promote justice and avoid waste of tax dollars, we want to redirect resources towards real public safety solutions.
- What is a “no knock” warrant?
- This is when police obtain a warrant to break into someone’s home without identifying themselves beforehand. This tactic has resulted in many tragedies, including in Austin, and is dangerous to residents, police, and bystanders.
- Why do you need 25,000 signatures?
- Under the Austin City Charter, residents have the power to adopt laws directly through the initiative process. The City Clerk requires at least 20,000 signatures of Austin voters to put something on the ballot. We want extra just in case some of the signatures are invalid.
- Who else is helping with this effort?
- Ground Game Texas is joining with leaders in the Travis County Democratic Party and criminal justice reform advocates to advance the work of decriminalizing marijuana and banning “no knock” warrants.
- How is this work being paid for?
- Great question! We rely on the support of individual donors to keep our staff in the field. We’d greatly appreciate any donation. Please click the “Donate” tab to contribute today.
- Can I help gather signatures?
- Yes! We’d love your help. This will take many hands to make real. You can share this page with anyone you know. And if you’d like to get more involved, please fill out the volunteer form. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.