Two In Three Texans Support Legalizing Marijuana To Fund Schools, Poll Shows

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Two in three Texans support legalizing marijuana to boost revenue for K-12 education in the state, according to a new poll. The survey, which involved interviews with 1,034 Texas adults, looked at public opinion on a wide range of education-related issues. One question asked respondents whether they support or oppose using revenue from cannabis legalization in order to “provide additional funding for Texas K-12 public schools.” Sixty-four percent said they’re in favor of that proposal, compared to 35 percent who said they were against it. That’s the same level of support as for alcoholic beverage taxes. Via Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation. When compiling responses from only those who are parents of K-12 students, the same share, 64 percent, back using marijuana revenue to fund education. About half of Republicans and conservatives, 66 percent of moderates, 71 percent of independents and more than three-quarters of Democrats and liberals said they support legalization for increased school funding. Overall, more Texans support funding education by legalizing cannabis than using other revenue options such as increasing the sales tax, putting a new tax on sugary drinks or raising taxes on corporations, hotel occupancy or motor vehicles. The only options that proved more popular than marijuana legalization were allowing casino gambling, increasing tobacco taxes and enacting a new tax on vaping. “These new poll results reaffirm what many of us have known for some time: Texans are ready for marijuana legalization,” Heather Fazio, director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, told Marijuana Moment. “As we move forward, it’s important to balance our desire to generate revenue with our desire to stamp out the underground market,” she said. “Sensible regulation and reasonable tax rates will give us our best shot at bringing the market for cannabis into the light of day, protecting consumers and disempowering cartels.”…

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