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New Poll, Transpartisan Support in Texas and Pressure from our Neighbors

Today, a new poll was released by University of Texas / Texas Tribune shares with us more about the current opinions regarding cannabis reform in Texas:

  • 84% support for medical marijuana
  • 69% support for reducing penalties for simple possession
  • 53% support for repealing marijuana prohibition entirely

Help us to use the public’s opinion to influence legislator in the 2019 Legislative Session!

This comes directly on the heels of Oklahoma voters passing State Question 788, a statewide voter-initiated measure that permits doctors to use their discretion to recommend medical cannabis to those patients who will benefit from it. Texas is now surrounded by states that no longer prohibit access to cannabis for patients with their doctor’s recommendation! This move by our northern neighbors adds to the momentum of advocates who want to see Texas’ unreasonably restrictive Compassionate Use Program made more inclusive.

Last weekend in Forth Worth, the Democratic Party of Texas convened and reaffirmed their support for cannabis law reform in their platform. There was also a Texas Cannabis Caucus that was packed to standing room only by delegates wanting to learn more about how to effect policy change in 2019. In April, the Libertarian Party of Texas reaffirmed their long-held support for repealing prohibition entirely. Earlier this month, the Republican Party of Texas declared their support for several types of marijuana law reform, including a call on the legislature to replace criminal penalties for low-level possession with simple civil citations.

Texas Cannabis Caucus 2018

With this transpartisan support for reform, we need to prepare for an action packed legislative session! Texas’ Legislative Session will begin with prefiling in November and official session kicking off in January 2019. Make sure you are prepared by brushing up on our Activist Training Guide. Help make sure Texas NORML is ready for the session by becoming a sustaining donor. When there is a reliable stream of income we can more efficiently execute our strategy.

We are also happy to be participating in our collation’s upcoming Texas Marijuana Policy Conference in Austin, Texas from August 10-12, 2018. Use the Texas NORML discount code to save 10%! Enter the code upon arriving on the page in order to see the discounted prices. Discount Code – TxN10. We look forward to seeing you there!

PS Please note that our July Open Meeting will not be held on the first Wednesday of July due to the 4th Holiday. Instead, for this one time ONLY, we will be hosing it on July 11th at 8pm.

One Response to “New Poll, Transpartisan Support in Texas and Pressure from our Neighbors”

  1. La Sufrida jodida June 27, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Please keep at it and many thanks for your hard work! TX draconian health care system, combined with my lack of insurance have left me unemployable due to an injury that has left me with chronic, unrelenting neurapathy- nerve pain from Hell. Cannibus would help so much- the USA medicinal, not the Mexican one. Patients can tell the difference as the US one does help with the pain, sometimes better than their damn poison pills of Oxy etc they rather push on people-or so I’ve been told. I’d leave TX for medicinal medication but I can’t so I and MANY more Texans suffer daily. I used to be somebody; a law abiding, tax paying citizen that my daughter could be proud of. Instead of business meetings and project deadlines ( grant writer/ city administrator person) that consumed my days, I now slowly waste away in my home, wondering how long I can keep living in this State that I love so much…but apparently does its best to not love me back. Thanks again, for many of us out here. WE WILL BE VOTING IN NOVEMBER. Beto O’Rourk has Ted scared. Good. They should be scared of us. We deserve better from OUR elected officials. Time to show them we can fire them in November.

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