New Poll Finds Only 17% of Those in Texas Support the Status Quo on Marijuana

The vast majority of Texans support a reformation of their state’s marijuana laws, according to new polling.

The University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found that 83% of those in Texas support legalizing marijuana for at least medical use. 53% support legalizing recreational cannabis; of those 32% support legalizing “small amounts”, while 21% support legalizing “any amount:.

The poll marks a large increase in support from February, 2015; at that time 43% supported legalizing cannabis, with an additional 30% in support of legalizing medical cannabis.

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Study: Easing of Cannabis Laws Not Associated with Higher Acceptance or Use by Adolescents

marijuanaA new study published this week in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse has found that the use of cannabis by young adolescents is falling while their disapproval of its use is rising, despite cannabis laws easing in many states.

Using a sample size of over 400,000 individuals between the ages of 12 and 25, researchers found that the percentage of those age 12 to 14 who strongly disapprove of cannabis use rose significantly during the 11 year period between 2002 and 2013. The percentage of those in that age group who report having used cannabis in the past year also fell.

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Poll: 77% in Texas Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis, Plurality Also Supports Recreational Legalization

A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll has found that 77% of those in Texas support the legalization of medical cannabis. The poll also found strong support for legalizing recreational cannabishightimes, with 49% in support to just 23% opposed.

“It’s not a surprise that Texas was not on the front line of [legalization], given that most of the opposition here is among conservatives and Republicans,” says Jim Henson, Director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas and co-director of the poll. “But you can look at this and see where the movement is going to come from.”

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