Currently, 11 states have fully legalized marijuana and 34 states have made it legal for medical use… so is Texas going to be next?
The 86th Legislative session begins on Jan. 8 and Texas lawmakers have begun filing bills for the upcoming session.
There are already more than a dozen bills regarding marijuana use and decriminalization and according to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll in 2018, more than 53% of the state’s voters would legalize pot.
State Senator José Menéndez has been pushing for the past five years to expand that act.
“There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people who could benefit,” Menéndez said. “I want politicians to really not talk about how much they respect their constituents but show them that you respect them and you’re willing to give them a tool if their doctor agrees it could help.”
Along with Menéndez’s bill, Senator-elect Roland Gutierrez is going a step further by filing a bill that would legalize marijuana use for adults.
“We need to put ourselves in a position where we’re creating a product that is grown locally in Texas, by Texas farmers, tested in Texas properly,” Gutierrez said. “We have an opportunity of creating over 30,000 jobs and $3 billion in revenue.”