Majority of Texans Support Taxing and Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol

A poll conducted at the end of September shows that 58% of Texas voters favor taxing and regulating marijuana in their state.  TexasTexas currently does not allow marijuana, either recreationally or for medical uses. In fact, an adult faces up to a year of jail time and a $2,000 fine for possession of even small amounts of marijuana.  Despite the harsh current policy, 61% of Texans supported removing criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and implementing a $100 fine instead.  Only 30% of those polled said they were against removing the criminal penalties, and remarkably only 38% said they would oppose a measure to tax and regulate marijuana.

Removing the threat of arrest could be a momentous change for the nearly 1.5 million adult marijuana users living in Texas, where 68,758 adults were arrested for simple marijuana possession in 2007 alone.  It is estimated that in 2006, Texas spent over $655 million on marijuana arrests, yet marijuana use continues to increase.

Rob Kampia, part-time Texas resident and MPP executive director, commented on the poll:

Marijuana prohibition has been just as big a failure as alcohol prohibition.  Most Texans agree that marijuana sales should be conducted by legitimate businesses instead of drug cartels in the underground market.

Law enforcement officials’ time would be better spent addressing violent crimes instead of adults simply possessing marijuana.  No adult should face potentially life-altering criminal penalties for using a product that is significantly less harmful than alcohol. 

You can read the full results of the poll here.

9 thoughts on “Majority of Texans Support Taxing and Regulating Marijuana Like Alcohol”

  1. Thank you Mr. Kampia and all of you at the Marijuana Policy Project for what you’re doing in Texas. I feel greatly encouraged by your alliance with Texas Norml to lobby Texas into an equitable and sustainable cannabis economy.
    What is your level of cooperation, if any, with Eric Streensa and votehemp.com?
    It appears to me there is a war going on within the GOP over ethanol subsidies and whether or not ethanol should be made from finite crude oil or renewable celullose oil: oil we could be more productively harvesting from American grown hemp that uses less water than corn without fertilizers and pesticides.
    The. Koch brothers and the Tea Party earn their wealth from petroleum subsidies and don’t even want to see corn ethanol subsidies. Grover Norquist represents the corn belt as he is prioritized over the Iowa primaries and appears to have become an ally against prohibition. Then we have the “hemp party” from Kentucky, Senators Paul and McConnel who are trying to stall the expired Farm Bill to pass the hemp research amendment pending in the Senate.
    So where does that leave Texas? We can guess what Senator Cruz and the oil lobby has to say. But meanwhile Texas is running out of irrigation water, EPA standards are increasing corn celullose demand, and in less than 25 years corn will no longer be a viable crop… Unless we legalize hemp now.
    With Texas lakes still at record lows even after some relieving rain, I know we can win this argument in the state.
    Once again, thank you all for what you are doing. I look forward to the freedom and pride of growing our own fuel, food, building materials and medicine… Sustainably.
    Julian Olinick
    Blanco TX

  2. when is pennsylvania going to be leagel. i wanna be able to use this for mu cronic back pain without havent to look over my shoder all the time.

  3. Thank you for the work in Texas I suffer from Diabetic nerve damage and try to control it with morphine . I have family that I love in Texas so I am unwilling to leave for a civilized state and politics aside I love Texas and hope to legally use Marijuana for my pain sometime soon. The side effects of morphie just plain shuck so please keep up on Texas.
    Thanks and God
    Bless,
    Richard

  4. I really am for the legalization of marijuana. I have multiple sclerosis and it can be quite painful. I hate taking pain pills. So I believe that if it was legal I could have great pain relief naturally, Instead chemical drugs.

  5. PLZ PLZ PLZ keep up on TX and try your best 2 get it legal or at least medically i think if we can jst get them 2 put it on a ballot so we can vote on it we can do something about it MPP WE NEED YOUR HELP for 2014 !!!

  6. Being from Texas and moving to Michigan over 18 yrs ago I got schooled on many levels concerning the drug trade…like being dependant on Mexican pot. Living in a medical marihuana state ( the “h” signifies healing) keeps me from having to be dependant on narcotics for my cancer and fibromyalgia pain. Just like rx’s there are many kinds of medicines available. Oils candies and other applications are available.I am not pain free but I do have better quality of life and I’m not in rehab on the taxpayers dime. We must close the borders for our systems to work efficiently. Duh !

  7. Time for Texas legalize!!!!!! RA pain strong medicine painkillers that’s not good for my body would like my medical marijuana god bless Texas come on Texas let’s do this!!!!!!!!

  8. with all that is bringing the country down. would it be nice to put some green in both of your pockets.what i am saying is make it legal so people like me that are disabled sick and in chronic pain dont have to be a criminal just to feel better. the country city’s and states like texas could benefit from the money that comes from this . happeir folks,better medications,and the country,state, and government would be helped.please help the sick if you really care . legalize and tax. i am cool with that and i know at least 200 people close to me that agree.work it rob.

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