Texas State Representative Pushes For Medical Marijuana Debate

The bill provides for an "affirmative defense." That means if someone is busted for marijuana possession and they have a debilitating disease or illness and they can prove their doctors suggested marijuana might help them, a judge "could" dismiss the charges.

TEXAS: Texas State Rep. Elliott Naishtat hopes the seventh time will be a charm. He’s tried in at least six previous legislative sessions to get a bill through the legislature which would allow the use of medical marijuana. Naishtat said he’s not trying to legalize pot or even legalize medical marijuana, just provide an option Read the full article…

Texans Attitudes On Legal Marijuana Shifting With Country

“People in general understand arresting someone for the use of marijuana is more likely to waste taxpayer dollars and law enforcement's time than to deter use,” Yañez-Correa said. “That's why you see libertarians, members of the tea party and Democrats all saying the same thing on this issue.”

TEXAS:  Whether it’s for economic, medical or personal liberty reasons, more and more Texans are taking the position that marijuana should be legal. About half of Texans — 49 percent — support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, and 77 percent support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released this Read the full article…

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Backs Medical Marijuana, Would Consider Decriminalization

I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for. I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population. Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.

TEXAS: Our newspaper’s editorial board sat down today to interview Wendy Davis and her opponent in the Democratic primary for governor, Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal. It was my chance to ask her marijuana questions that her staff (and likely GOP opponent Greg Abbott’s staff) had been ducking me on. Let’s get right to this transcript of her answers: Read the full article…

Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Backs Medical Marijuana, Would Consider Decriminalization

I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for. I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population. Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.

TEXAS: Our newspaper’s editorial board sat down today to interview Wendy Davis and her opponent in the Democratic primary for governor, Reynaldo “Ray” Madrigal. It was my chance to ask her marijuana questions that her staff (and likely GOP opponent Greg Abbott’s staff) had been ducking me on. Let’s get right to this transcript of her answers: Read the full article…

Legislators To Revisit Proposals To Change Texas Marijuana Laws

“I would say within the next decade. Certainly within the next decade,” said Nathan Jones, Ph.D. with Rice University’s Baker Institute. “If you’re looking at the polling data it looks pretty electable. Or it looks almost inevitable.”

TEXAS:  Two Texas lawmakers vow to re-introduce marijuana legislation as many times as it takes to move the Lone Star state closer to Colorado and Washington state-style pot regulations. But experts in drug policy predict anywhere from five to 10 years before lawmakers in Austin might consider being swayed to change Texas marijuana laws. “I Read the full article…

Legalize Marijuana In Texas? Is It Possible?

The amount of revenue which is obtainable from the legal sale of marijuana to the public will be hard for Texas lawmakers to ignore.

TEXAS:  Now that Colorado has legalized the recreational sales of marijuana, activists in Texas are planning to make a push for a move toward legalization here when the Legislature meets in 2015, 1200 WOAI news reports. Cheyanne Weldon, who is the head of the Texas Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Read the full article…

Texas Congressman Signs On To Federal Bill Protecting State Marijuana Rights

TEXAS: Less than a week after polling showed the majority of Texans would rather regulate and tax cannabis than keep it illegal, Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican from Friendswood, signed on as a cosponsor for a bill that would allow states to dictate their own marijuana legalization policies without the fear of federal intervention.

Texas Congressman Signs On To Federal Bill Protecting State Marijuana Rights

tockman signed the bill Saturday, becoming the 19th person to do so according to the Houston Chronicle.

TEXAS: Less than a week after polling showed the majority of Texans would rather regulate and tax cannabis than keep it illegal, Texas Rep. Steve Stockman, a Republican from Friendswood, signed on as a cosponsor for a bill that would allow states to dictate their own marijuana legalization policies without the fear of federal intervention.

New Poll Finds Strong Backing To Legalize, Tax Marijuana In Texas

What's more surprising is the majority support on the question of outright legalization and regulation, as Colorado and Washington voters approved. The Texas poll shows 58 percent support for that but also a higher percentage of opponents, at 38 percent.

TEXAS: The pendulum has really swung out there in Texas on the questions of medical marijuana and treating possession of the weed as a fine-only, civil offense. A new poll released today by the advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project found comfortable majority support and nearly a nearly 2-1 margin on both questions.