After likely weighing her position on the subject of marijuana and coming to a policy position without much education, Texas Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis has finally made an announcement on where she stands with cannabis.
“I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed” Davis told the Dallas Morning News’ editorial board Tuesday. She also stated that she would consider downgrading the penalty for cannabis.
Demonstrating her lack of study on the matter, Davis stated ”I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population. Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.”
Considering that 58% of Texans support legalizing marijuana and just as many support medical marijuana, the data has been readily available to demonstrate strong support for reforming cannabis laws in Texas.
Davis is likely trying to play this as middle of the road as possible to win as many votes as she can. Considering that the leading GOP candidate Greg Abbott supports keeping current drug laws in place, Davis probably figures that she will easily win the marijuana voting bloc.
“From a philosophical position, do I have any objections to the fact that citizens might want to legalize marijuana? No, I don’t,” Davis told the editorial board. “But I think watching to see how this experiment plays out in other states is probably advisable before I could tell you for sure.”
Responding to governor Rick Perry’s recent statements concerning possibly leaning towards sending small possession offenders to rehab rather than jail, Davis stated “I do believe that Gov. Perry’s approach is a reasonable approach, that we as a state need to think about the cost of that incarceration and, obviously, the cost to the taxpayers as a consequence of it, and whether we’re really solving any problem for the state by virtue of incarcerations for small amounts of marijuana possession.”
While Davis is obviously the better choice when it comes to cannabis policy, her timidness on the matter leaves much to be desired.
By: Stephen Carter
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