According to a recent poll that was conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, a notable 77 percent of the 1,200 participants that were surveyed support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in Texas.
Additionally, practically half of those polled said they believe small amounts of marijuana should be legal to possess and consume for adults 21 and older.Ana Yañez-Correa, executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, a policy research group advocating for criminal justice reform, says she believes the poll results reflect the general public’s awareness of our nation’s failed drug policy.
“I’m not surprised at the poll results because 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 avowed. “That’s why you see a national trend of addressing a person’s choice to smoke pot in different ways.”
Datum released by the Department of Public Safety shows that approximately 73,611 adults in Texas were arrested in 2013 for pot possession, which accounts for roughly 59 percent of all drug possession arrests that were made in the state.
As we recently reported, Governor Rick Perry publicized his support for relaxing penalties for marijuana use, and claims he plans on working toward decriminalization in the Lone Star State.
Governor Perry said:
“After 40 years of the war on drugs, I can’t change what happened in the past. What I can do as the governor of the second largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade.”
Under Texas’ current laws regarding marijuana possession, individuals caught holding less than 2 ounces can be sentenced to up to 180 days in jail with a possible fine of up to $2,000.
“How can we as a society deny people who need marijuana for medical treatment,” Yanez-Correa said.
Editor’s note: This article originally published on the 420 Times on Thursday, February 28, 2014.
Photo Credit: Chris Schneider / Dallas Morning News
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ITS TIME FOR TEXAS GOVERMENT TO OPEN THERE EYES and stop waisting tax payers money locking marijuana users at least they may consider decrimenalize it , i beleave it will stop the cartels half way in there tracks , and law inforcement can consintrate on the real crimenals and stop waisting there time on marijuana smokers . I cant wait for that day its legalized and decrimenalized in texas marijuana has so many uses from medical use and so many products can be made from this plant . Colorado , Washinton are making millions bring that money texas LEGALIZE DECRIMENALIZE TEXAS STOP WAISTING TAX PAYERS MONEY ON A WAR THEY ARE NOT WINNING
the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13
"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420
from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new
20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states (Texas#4)...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...texas will be last
Average spent per inmate a year = $31,286 (profit and police over people)
Average spent per student a year = $10,605 (dumber and more in debt, each one of us is liable for around $40,000 of rising American debt)
love and freedom forever
AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33