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Poll: 77% In Texas Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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texas medical marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

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 cannabis, 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.”

Of the 49% who support recreational legalization, 32% favor legalizing small amounts, while 17% support legalizing “any amount” of cannabis.

Last month Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his support for cannabis decriminalization; lawmakers in the state continue to discuss efforts to both reduce penalties for cannabis possession, and to legalize medical cannabis.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  1. Texas repulicans are greedy for tax revenues , and franchize fees , they are seeing all the tax revenues comeing in from colorado and other states , from marijuana they are going to want a piece green gold pie , and i hope republicans will consider legalizing and decrimelize and stop wasting tax payers money on marijuana charges and locking up texans for a plant that was put on this earth for a reason , also it will stop cartells and trafficing half way in there tracks, and law inforcement can concintrate on the real crimenals and hard drug dealers and drunk drivers that are destroying lives and famelys .I have noticed alot of head shops opening all over in san antonio tx more than ever HMMM. LEGALIZE TEXAS AND DECRIMENALIZE MARIJUANA

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  4. They’re definitely wrong when it comes to fees. : )

    **have you looked at your AT&T bill lately? **

    I use nothing but tracfones. Haven’t had a bill for over a decade now.

    **The state of Texas is not some bastion of conservative policies and principles**

    Texas culture is very tainted by a feeble education system, a long-entrenched contingent of bible belters and a ubiquitous mental laziness.

    Any true conservatives here could be convinced by hearing William F. Buckley’s argument for legalization. But you’re correct, they’re not the majority.

  5. Dude, I was so ready to vote you up, until the very last sentence…

    In my opinion, Texas collects more than its fair share of taxes, only they call it something else. You know, like “fees.”

    One small example would be the fees involved in registering my car every year — in New Mexico, it’s a lot cheaper than it was in Texas.

    Also, have you looked at your AT&T bill lately? Most people don’t pay attention to all the fees — but I do. And I asked about them. Turns out, no one at AT&T really knows what they’re for — AT&T is required to charge those fees only in the state of Texas. If I remember correctly, one of them was called a “franchise fee.” Yeah, right.

    The state of Texas is not some bastion of conservative policies and principles — well, maybe Libertarian ones, but I don’t consider that ideology truly conservative. But, maybe I’m wrong about that?

  6. About a year ago Mason Tvert from the Marijuana Policy Project did an interview with a local Austin weekly. He’s got a pulse on relegalization activity throughout the US and his analysis was not anything close to the results of this poll.

    His views are that Texas will eventually relegalize, but not until after federal law is changed.

    Having lived in this state for far too long, and having met 1000’s of folks throughout the state, I’d tend to concur with Mr. Tvert.

    Even our local NORML representatives are not as optimistic as this poll would suggest. I met with several of them earlier this month and discussed what they plan to do during the next legislative session. We do not yet have the numbers to pass anything. And the leading candidate for Governor is not in favor of legalization.

    IMO, Texas is right on the 2nd Amendment & taxes and wrong on almost everything else.

  7. 1.2 million is an unrealistic size for a poll. What you’re afraid of is what the statisticians call a type 1 error or a simple “false positive.” That’s why they try to sample as close to 1000 individuals as they can with a sample properly stratified for the demographics the poll is supposed to represent — people go to school for years just to know how to do this stuff right without having to ask 1.2 million people. The long and short of the math — the probability that their poll doesn’t actually reflect true public opinion is tiny with a sample size above 1000.

    You know I have mad love for you, but odds are good that, if the poll *was* biased in some way, it was via semi-deliberate (or perhaps a simple, happy coincidence) under and over-sampling of certain demographics, not because its sample was too small. 1200 is plenty respectable, and they were all registered voters (not simply “likely” voters). For example, if the fraction of registered voters in their sample between the ages of 18 and 32 is MUCH larger than the fraction of registered 18-32 voters who *ACTUALLY* show up to vote on election day (while at the same time under-sampling seniors), then yes, you can say with confidence the poll was incidentally biased.

    A lot of people cried foul play when Georgia polled registered voters who supported full legalization of cannabis as a strong 54% majority — nay-sayers all suspected the same thing, that the kids were all over-sampled. But, in fact, the exact *opposite* turned out to be the case. The so-called “millenial” voters only made up about 9% of the total sample (they were actually under-sampled quite a bit).

    The South is not as chalk-full of grotesque morons as everyone thinks (they just get all the national attention for the cheap entertainment value their “performances” can earn). There are LOTS of decent, common sense, middle aged adults *everywhere* (not just Texas and Georgia) who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, who have watched the sick travesty we call “the drug war” for the last four decades, and they (we) have had enough of it. Don’t be so sure this poll isn’t right.

  8. From the Texas Tribune article:

    ***The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted Feb. 7-17 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points.***

    Being on the ground here in TX, I don’t buy their extrapolation. The sample size is awfully small to make that sort of claim.

    Had they surveyed 1.2 million registered Texas voters and obtained similar results, I’d have more confidence in their claims.

    A lot of these types of polls are designed to drive public opinion rather than reflect it. So maybe in five or ten years 77% will be realistic.

    In the mean time, round tickets from Austin to Denver still cost less than an oz of medicinal grade.

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