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Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including Support for Marijuana Legalization

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director October 8, 2013

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    They say things are bigger in Texas and, according to new survey data just released by Public Policy Polling, that includes support for marijuana law reform.

    PPP’s polling found that 58% of Texans support regulating marijuana like alcohol and only 38% were opposed. This change in policy was supported by 59% of women, 70% of Democrats, 57% of Independents, a majority of all racial demographics, and a majority of all age demographics.

    The survey also reported that 58% of Texans supported medical marijuana and 61% supported the decriminalization of possession of an ounce or less.

    You can read the full survey here.

    With a high profile governor’s race shaping up between Senator Wendy Davis, the only declared
    Democrat, and a Republican challenger (Attorney General Abbot seems to be leading in current polls) the time is ripe to make marijuana law reform a major issue in America’s second most populated state.

    TEXANS: You can contact the announced candidates for Texas governor by clicking on their links below. Send them a quick message telling them:

    “Public Policy Polling found that 58% of Texans support ending our costly war on marijuana and replacing it with a system of regulation similar to how we deal with alcohol. This majority support was spread across all age and ethnic demographics. It is time we consider a new approach to marijuana. As a Texas voter, I am very concerned with your position on the issues of marijuana law reform and would greatly appreciate if you could inform me of your stance on the taxation and regulation of marijuana, as well as allowing for its medical use and decriminalization of personal possession.”

    DEMOCRAT:
    State Senator Wendy Davis

    REPUBLICAN:
    Attorney General Greg Abbott
    Tom Pauken
    Miriam Martinez
    Larry Kilgore

    (If you receive a response please forward it to erik@norml.org)

    CANDIDATE RESPONSES:

    Miriam Martinez (posted in response to a question on her Facebook page): “I support the medical use of marijuana and decriminalization of personal possession.”

    58 Responses to “Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including Support for Marijuana Legalization”

    1. Patrick says:

      Take away the tabaco and give us a new smoke that wont lead us to our graves..

    2. ashley says:

      Hurry up abd pass the rights ti smoke l, people are loseing their jobs going to jail. At lest pot doesn’t make you drive crazy or maje pei pke act a fool or kill our livers like beer and jill our lungs like cigerates do.

    3. ashley says:

      Srry spelling sucks

    4. Texas, for marijuana rites

    5. Jesse says:

      they need to pass this law soon before Texas misses out on all the money. truth be told I don’t want to have to move states (I want to stay close to my family)

    6. @Jesse
      A Coloradan’s worst nightmare is seeing Texas tags with a U-Haul.

    7. Randy says:

      You politicians who consider marijuana as a stage 1 narcotic are IDIOTS!!!!! Alcohol should be considered a stage 1 substance.

    8. Victor says:

      Some politicians are crazy if they think I should rot in prison for 2 years over being caught with just an oz… Mexican cartels, various criminals, etc. are also probably making a fortune selling low grade weed to some of us Texans. Law enforcement needs to focus on the real criminals, not potheads

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