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 March 1, 2016

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisTexas is home to some of the most passionate marijuana activists I have ever seen. It is always bittersweet for me though because Texas is not an easy place to achieve marijuana reform. In most states that have reformed its marijuana laws, there is a citizen initiative process where citizens can gather signatures and put things to a vote on the next election assuming the required amount of verified signatures are gathered. Texas does not have an initiative process. So the only way to reform Texas’ harsh marijuana laws are via Texas’ Legislature. That’s not an easy thing to do, but going back to those passionate activists, if anyone can do it, it’s Texas activists.

There is a big push right now for medical marijuana reform in Texas. According to poll results that were released yesterday, there is enormous support for that type of reform in Texas. Per KCEN TV:

The Texas Tegna Poll indicates 71 percent of the state’s voters would support expanding medical marijuana treatments for patients suffering other health problems. Another 19 percent oppose the idea, while 11 percent aren’t sure.

“The fact that even Republicans, by a margin of almost 71 percent, support marijuana uses for medicinal health reasons I think suggests that this is where you’re beginning to see the trend,” said Bob Stein, KHOU’s political analyst.

While there is huge support for medical marijuana reform in Texas, the same poll found that Texans are not quite ready to legalize recreational marijuana. The poll found just 41% support for full marijuana legalization, while 49% were directly opposed. That’s a good chunk of undecided respondents though, and if all of those people that are sitting on the fence were educated about the truth behind marijuana prohibition, I think they would be swayed into getting on the right side of history. And who knows, they may bring some of the 49% with them.

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  • saynotohypocrisy

    71% – 19%.
    The war against medical marijuana is not just a war against science and human rights, it’s a war against democracy

  • Shadar

    The trick is get a Texas MMJ law that is flexible. Those CBD-only medical states shouldn’t be called MMJ states. Some people have to smoke it to get relief, and THC is a big part of the deal if you want to get the full medical benefits. Often, when conservative legislatures look at MMJ, they are trying to figure out how to provide medical benefits while keeping anyone from getting high on the stuff. They don’t understand. The whole plant is where the healing lies.

  • shaggy

    I know that those numbers are not fully correct I live in Texas myself and I am very much so Pro marijuana I never even heard about the vote until I read this and I’m guessing that if that is the case than there are many other people who feel the same way and haven’t voted. I have seizures myself and no medication works basically my seizures are caused because I have a cyst in my brain but marijuana actually helps and on top of that it brings back my appetite and fixes my bipolar as well, but those are just a few things that marijuana helps fix, my guess is that there’s a whole lot of things out there that have not yet been figured out that marijuana will solve and it’s not only about medical purposes marijuana is the answer to biodegradable plastic on top of that a new type of gasoline that does much much less damage on the environment but if you really think about it whenever someone is growing marijuana in order to make fuel it’ll take a lot of cannabis to do so and all of it that is grown in order to make the fuel will take away more emissions then the fuel will be able to emit… which in turn will keep everything balanced out.

    • Phoebe

      Hi shaggy. The poll that you are reading about is actually not a vote. In statistics, you use a simple random sample (SRS) of people from the population of interest (all adult Texans) that you want to make an inference about. As long as the sample you take properly represents your population, a sample of 2000 people can easily be used to make extremely accurate assumptions about a population of 2 million. Just because you haven’t participated in or heard about this poll, doesn’t make it inaccurate. I’m glad to hear that marijuana helps you medically.

  • Apparition

    Even though poll questions can be twisted to achieve any desired result, I wouldn’t put too much stock in these results. The voters in Texas didn’t get behind Sanders and his cannabis policy today.
    Not even close.

    Let no one kid themselves. Texas still has a long way to go.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Marijuana is just one issue out of many to most people. It’s not enough to make many people vote for Sanders if they oppose his economic program. If the poll is off it’s not off by that much. The question isn’t whether the public in Texas wants reform, it’s how badly they want reform, in the face of politicians who are dedicated to ignoring what the people want.

  • jason

    we are not getting shit here in Texas until the 2 wheeled wonder is gone…Abbott has already stated in no uncertain terms he would not sign any further marijuana legislation …after he signed that insulting CBD only oil bill…so we are screwed until at least 2018

    Then once our pastor, oops I mean governor is gone..we have to rely on our, paid off, oops I mean “elected” officials to draft legislation…

    Anyone know what it would take to change our system to allow voter ballot initiatives?? would it be a change to the Texas Constitution? If so that’s as likely as getting the current crop of assholes to do anything in Austin…

    It’s going to take a damn near complete upheaval of the Texas political seen to get it done.. I fear..

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Medical marijuana, at least its personal possession, is probably going to be forced on Texas relatively soon. The evidence that cannabis is a crucial medicine is piling up faster now, and if Congress and the President continue to be degenerates about it, the courts will have to step in, to preserve their own credibility.

      • jason

        maybe so..but look what the southern states are doing in regards to abortion..in direct defiance of the supreme courts decision…

        you really think they won’t try the same thing in regards to cannabis..and it would be an even easier sell on their parts because of how many people still believe in reefer madness..

        The way this is really going to have to happen, especially for the more regressive southern states and those run by religious zealots..nationwide is a 100% across the board participation in jury nullification and it be made clear to any and all AG’s, prosecutors and law enforcement that nobody is going to get convicted of a cannabis crime..regardless of how hard they try to convict..a jury will just dismiss it..

        once that becomes the norm, law enforcement and prosecutors will stop trying because it will cause them to start having losing records in regards to cannabis “crimes” and they won;t have that as a political campaign angle to run on..as far as conviction rates etc…

        I believe this was also a crucial role in overturning alcohol prohibition as well..

        • lovelydestruction

          The difference being money speaks louder than women’s rights

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Abbott’s a scumbag alcohol supremacist bigot for his opposition to recreational use of cannabis

      He’s something far worse for his opposition to medicinal marijuana, he’s guilty of negligent homicide and advocating sadism. You’d think being confined to a wheelchair would have taught him something about compassion.

    • shaggy

      I’m sure if somebody slips him some edibles governor Abbott wouldn’t take too long in order to change his mind lol