Activists in Texas have fought hard for every inch they’ve gained on the issue of marijuana, whether it be in swaying public opinion, obtaining support from public officials, or changing laws.
They show up every other year for each legislative session, and in between they’re holding meetings, public forums, and educational events. They’re talking with lawmakers and candidates running for office. It is a labor of love, and at times it is nearly an unbearable mission in which you can only keep marching forward and savor the rare wins. There are no big wins when it comes to cannabis in Texas, at least not like what we see in other states.
Then comes along the moment when your governor, who has been a staunch opponent of changing our marijuana laws, decides to say on live television that not only does he now think whole plant medical cannabis has merit, but that he thinks the penalty for possessing marijuana should be decreased. Excuse me if I take a moment to celebrate because that is huge. Is it where we want to be? Not even close. But it’s a lot further along than where we were. Big wins in Texas don’t look like big wins because what are hills in other states, are mountains here.
Greg Abbott is in firm control, he will be re-elected this November, and that is our reality. I’ll spare you a lesson on the nuances of political power in Texas, but Abbott essentially is the face of the Republican Party of Texas, and they control all aspects of our government.
His stance has slowly been changing over time. Prior to 2015 he was completely opposed to marijuana in any form, and wouldn’t have