Marijuana law reform is sweeping the nation and causing heavy debate throughout Texas.

The debate is coming from local and state political groups, politicians and others who have opposing opinions about legalizing marijuana in Texas.

On one side is The National Organization to Reform Marijuana laws, or NORML They support the regulation of marijuana in Texas.

On the other side is anti-marijuana group such as The Sheriff’s Association of Texas Legislative Committee, which has openly opposed any change to Texas marijuana laws.

“Our Texas sheriffs will send a loud and clear message to the Legislature that we firmly oppose the legalization of marijuana,” said Denton County Sheriff Will Travis in an interview with The Dallas Morning News on July 29. “We must protect the children and families of Texas from any effort to legalize marijuana.”

NORML member Janice Coring said that even sick children could benefit from medical marijuana in Texas. There are epileptic kids that are turning to marijuana for medication.

“They are going from 50 seizures a day, to one seizure a day on cannabis oil, so why is it still illegal.”

Attitudes about marijuana legalization have slowly changed over the last ten years. In the past ten years 23 states have passed laws to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

Two other states, Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Anyone who is twenty-one years or older can legally buy marijuana to use for any purpose.

Unlike the other half of the United States, Texas currently has no medical marijuana policies and no bills are being presented this year to Texas lawmakers, said The Marijuana Policy Project on their website, mpp.org, on Sept. 6.

DFW NORML has been fighting to end marijuana prohibition by lobbying senators to vote on behalf of pro-marijuana bills for 2015, said dfwnorml.org on Sept. 6.

NORML is using the political marijuana platform to support current Texas political leaders and pro-marijuana candidates running for various Texas offices.

Marijuana prohibition promotes a generational fight between the public and law enforcement, said normal member Larry Tally.

“We as Texans need to urge our leaders to pass legislation that will tax and regulate the sale, production and distribution of marijuana,” said Tally.

Finance senior at the University of Houston, Victoria Banjo, who is against the legalization of marijuana, said on dailycougar.com in 2013 “Just because marijuana has never killed anyone, I believe that it could still have harmful long-term side effects on the human body.”

Many Texans support legalizing marijuana. Public Policy Polling, which published in Oct. 2013, found that 58 percent of Texans “support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol.” Even more 61 percent were in favor of decriminalizing marijuana possession and instead punishing violations with a civil citation, according to huffingtonpost.com.

Even some prominent Texas conservatives support legalizing marijuana.

In January, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called for the state to move toward decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in Texas, said MPP, Sept. 3.

Soon other political leaders followed Perry’s lead. On Feb. 11, Fort Worth gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis took marijuana policy reform in Texas one step further and indicated her support not only for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, but also for medical marijuana for seriously ill patients, said MPP, June 7.

Future and past political leaders are speaking out for marijuana reform. James A. Baker III, former Chief of Staff under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush believes that “the question is no longer if Texas will legalize, but when?”

“I believe that a bill that would regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol can be achieved in the next three years,” Baker said on a blog page for the Houston Chronicle blog.chron.com, June 3.

“The amount of tax revenue being generated for shows how much money is being taken out of the black market and put into a regulated market”, he said. “People realized that the sky hasn’t fallen in Colorado.”

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6 Comments

  1. Chris
    September 24, 2014 at 11:36 pm — Reply

    1. Legalization of cannabis would protect our children and families,, by regulating cannabis,, so it’s not out there on the streets being sold by dangerous thugs.. When it could be regulated by safe licensed stores.. So yea police officeres are not protecting our children and families by opposing legalization..
    2. Legalized medical cannabis can save many of our children and families.. It says in the studies.. And you know it.. Kids having 50 seizures a day is horrific,, and when there is a medicine that can help/cure that to only 1 seizure a day,, omg.. It should be legalized, and anyone that opposes that,, is selfish and ignorant, because they are trying to prevent from saving lives!. medical cannabis should be legalized, in the name of the lord..
    3. Legalizing cannabis would help our Texas government and federal government by profiting off of cannabis.. Instead of the dangerous thugs profiting.. And Texas will need it since we are spending a lot of money on our border,, which is an important thing. And maybe some of what Texas profits could go to building a security wall on our Texas/Mexico border.. Legalization and regulation of cannabis will protect and boost our economy..
    4. Legalization of cannabis is the right thing to do.. To protect our children and families.. We the people have the right to over throw the government if it fails.. We the people have the right to take a medication that may help them from an illness.. Even if our government is stubborn to legalize it. This system of illegal cannabis isn’t working.. So we need to try something different.. That we do know will work.. Legalization of cannabis would save lives and boost our economy.

    • September 25, 2014 at 12:32 am — Reply

      I agree with you Chris. Lets get out and vote this year so that Texas can enjoy this safe and valuable medicine.

  2. Lady Chance
    September 26, 2014 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    Good idea hope it passes.

  3. joseph m parker
    September 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    I have a degenerative disease in my spinal chord that’s eventually gonna leave me paralyzed. The doctors want to treat it with medications like OxyContin and morphine wich I will not be able to work and will have to go on disability to survive. I on my own found were marijuana would help me cope with the nerve pain so that I can continue working and support my family. Through my research I found that in Canada they found that marijuana was the only thing that slows down the degenerative part of it. My disease is called a syrinx. It’s rare but it does exist. I support medical marijuana since then I would be able to get it legally then and be able to afford better strands and wouldn’t have to support the cartels just to alleviate my pain that I live with every day. I don’t do it at work or before just right before I go to bed.

  4. Colin
    September 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    Victoria Banjo Is clueless. Whoever follows her must have poop brain lol.

  5. John
    October 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    Part of the equation is that the government is in bed with the cartels, especially the CIA, and the prison building contractors and all the businesses that support the prison industry including the Sheriffs and just about all law enforcement. It’s a 20 billion dollar per year industry and it’s best for all of them that the drug laws, especially concerning marijuana, don’t change, it protects their hypocritical income. We have over 25% of the world Prison population in the US with only about 6% of the world’s total population due to our drug laws and enforcement. The majority of inmates in prison are in for marijuana violations, that’s more than 50% of their revenue out the window if marijuana were legalized on a national basis. This has nothing to do with harm to the citizenry or protection thereof but economics for the government that’s why it takes so much and so long for things to change. I hate to say but about the time more states start to legalize marijuana for medical or personal use the Federal government WILL enforce their laws that supersede state law to protect the drug war ‘INDUSTRY’ that they have created intentionally. It’s the ole conflict of interest self proliferating perfect storm that keeps the prisons full by continuing to allow the cartels to bring in drugs. Why do you think the Federal Government is not interested in truly securing our boarders? It keeps all of their pockets full!

    I hope Texas legalizes marijuana on the basis of principle but ultimately the Federal Government is the problem in the whole equation.

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