Support Is Building For Recreational Marijuana Legalization in Texas
Will Texas legalize marijuana for real medical or recreational use in 2020? In 2015 a state representative by the name of David Simpson proposed a bill which would have legalized recreational weed in Texas. Simpson’s argument, simple? “I don’t believe that when God made marijuana, he made a mistake that government needs to fix.”
Although Texas lawmakers failed to pass marijuana legislation in 2017, support for legal cannabis seems to be building in the state. Advocates are optimistic that changes will come at the state’s next legislative session in 2019. Both political parties show support for reform of marijuana laws in their platforms.
At the recent GOP convention attendees approved a plank supporting “a change in the law to make it a civil, and not a criminal, offense for legal adults only to possess one ounce or less of marijuana for personal use.” Democrats also tweaked their platform to support full, statewide legalization. And democratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez favors decriminalization and a serious discussion on full legalization.
Recently, additional qualifying medical conditions were added to the states list, showing progress, however this is still only for Low THC High CBD cannabis based medicine. It remains to be seen if in 2020 Texas adopts a real medical marijuana program, similar to the successfully growing one that is happening in Florida. Florida dispensaries, strictly for medical use are now approaching 200 open locations in the state. These operate vertically under heavy state tracking and regulation.
Representative In Texas That Do Not Support Cannabis Gets The Peoples Boot
The people say enough. On election day, Tuesday November 6th 2018, the people of Texas removed Congressman Pete Sessions, the single greatest roadblock to federal marijuana law reform in the House of Representatives. Many good efforts in Congress to let US states to go ahead with legalization of marijuana have been thwarted by Sessions, who chairs a powerful committee.