Texas Voters Want To Legalize Marijuana

Oct 8, 2013

A major­ity of Texas vot­ers sup­port mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion, accord­ing to a recent sur­vey. Pub­lic Pol­icy Polling found that 58 per­cent of Tex­ans “sup­port mak­ing mar­i­juana legal for adults and reg­u­lat­ing it like alco­hol.” Even more — 61 per­cent — were in favor of decrim­i­nal­iz­ing mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion and instead pun­ish­ing vio­la­tions with a civil cita­tion. Texas law cur­rently views pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, even on a minute scale, as a crim­i­nal offense, pun­ish­able by $2,000 in fines and up to a year of jail time. The PPP sur­vey of 860 ran­domly selected Texas vot­ers was released by the Mar­i­juana Pol­icy Project. “Most Tex­ans agree that mar­i­juana sales should be con­ducted by legit­i­mate busi­nesses instead of drug car­tels in the under­ground mar­ket,” MPP exec­u­tive direc­tor Rob Kampia said in a release. In addi­tion, the poll found that a major­ity of Texas vot­ers sup­port chang­ing state law to per­mit crit­i­cally ill and ter­mi­nal patients to use med­ical mar­i­juana — only 31 per­cent said they were opposed. “Peo­ple suf­fer­ing from can­cer and mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis should not face the threat of arrest for using med­ical mar­i­juana if their doc­tors believe it will help ease their suf­fer­ing,” Kampia said. Nation­wide, sup­port for mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion is on the rise, with 52 per­cent of Amer­i­cans in favor of legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana use, accord­ing to a recent national Gallup sur­vey. Last Novem­ber, Col­orado and Wash­ing­ton became the first states to legal­ize recre­ational mar­i­juana through ref­er­en­dums, cat­alyz­ing sim­i­lar efforts in Cal­i­for­nia, Ari­zona, Ore­gon and Alaska head­ing toward the 2014 midterm elec­tions. Is Texas next? Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Shadee Ashtari, The Huff­in­g­ton Post Pub­lished: Octo­ber 8, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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