Majority Of Texas Voters Back Marijuana Legalization, And Three In Four Support Decriminalization, Poll Finds

Majority Of Texas Voters Back Marijuana Legalization, And Three In Four Support Decriminalization, Poll Finds
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A majority of Texas voters support legalizing marijuana, and about four in five residents feel cannabis should be legal for either medical or recreational use, according to a new poll. The University of Texas/Texas Politics Project Poll additionally found that a strong majority (72 percent) back decriminalizing marijuana by making the offense punishable by a citation and fine without the threat of jail time. As lawmakers prepare for the 2023 session, the survey sends a clear message that Texas voters are eager for reform, with 55 percent saying that they believe cannabis possession should be legal for any purpose either in any amount or small amounts. Another 28 percent said marijuana should be legal for medical purposes only, while just 17 percent said it shouldn’t be legal at all. Democrats came out strongest in favor of reform, with 72 percent expressing support for broad legalization and another 19 percent saying it should be legal only for medical use. Independents followed, at 57 percent support for legalization for any purpose and another 31 percent support for medical cannabis legalization alone. Republicans were the least supportive, but 41 percent still said the plant should be legalized for any use and another 36 percent favor allowing medical marijuana only. The poll separately asked Texas voters if they “support or oppose reducing the punishment under Texas law for the possession or use of small amounts of marijuana to a citation and a fine,” which is effectively a decriminalization model. There was majority support for the proposal (72 percent). That includes respondents across virtually all demographics surveyed, including Democrats (84 percent), independents (66 percent) and Republicans (63 percent). The December UT/Texas Politics Project Poll checks in on Texas attitudes from job approvals for Texas leaders to views in policy areas including marijuana, gambling, climate, investment…

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