Poll: 61% of Texas Voters Support Legalizing Cannabis

According to new polling a strong majority of Texas voters support legalizing cannabis for all uses.

The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, finds that 61% of voters in the state are in favor of ending cannabis prohibition, with 39% opposed. Democrats support the measure at a much higher rate – 69% – whereas Republican support is 50%, but still significant (43%). Among Independents, support was the same as for Democrats at 69%.

“Texans are not much different than voters in other parts of the country”, states a Quinnipiac University press release announcing the new survey. “They support almost 2-1 the idea of allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use”.

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Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Texas

A Texas bill to make legal cannabis a constitutional right has been filed in the state’s legislature.

Constitutional AmendmentState Representative Donna Howard filed HJR 46 late last week. The measure is a “constitutional amendment directing the legislature to authorize and regulate the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis.”

The proposal joins several other measures that have been filed in the state that would either decriminalize cannabis or greatly reduced the charges associated with it, though HJR 46 is the only one that would actually make cannabis legal.

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Texas Rep. Kills Bills to Decriminalize Cannabis, Repeal Cannabis Prohibition

Texas State Representative Todd Hunter.
Texas State Representative Todd Hunter.

Despite being passed out of their initial committees with bipartisan support, Texas Representative Todd Hunter, Chairman of the House Calender Committee, has effectively killed a bill to decriminalize cannabis, and a bill to repeal cannabis prohibition, refusing to allow the full House of Representatives to debate and consider them.

House Bill 507 would have removed the possibility of jail time, or a criminal record, for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, reducing the penalty to a $250 fine. The bill was passed with a 4 to 2 vote by the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. The same committee also gave approval, 5 to 2, to House Bill 2165, a proposal to completely repeal cannabis prohibition in the state.

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Proposal to Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Passes Texas House Committee

Inflag a surprise and historic move, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee has approved legislation that would completely repeal cannabis prohibition in the state for those 21 and older, making it legal to possess, cultivate and distribute the plant.

House Bill 2165 was approved with bipartisan support, with five committee members voting in favor (two Republicans, three Democrats), and two voting against.

“I am proposing that this plant be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee”, Representative David Simpson said after announcing the bill. “Current marijuana policies are not based on science or sound evidence, but rather misinformation and fear.”

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Three New Marijuana Reform Bills Being Introduced in Texas

By Alizeh Siddiqui, Marijuana Policy Project

AUSTIN, TX — As part of the Marijuana Policy Project’s multi-year legislativetexas campaign in Texas, the Washington, DC based organization is developing bill proposals to address marijuana decriminalization, as well as allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons and eventually regulating it similarly to alcohol for adults in the Lone Star State.

According to Heather Fazio, Texas Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project, the group will be pre-filing the three bills this November, in anticipation of the 84th Texas Legislative Session, starting in January.

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