San Antonio Business Journal readers want marijuana legalization
An informal, non-scientific poll conducted by the San Antonio Business Journal currently shows that 79 percent of poll participants believe the legalization of marijuana could be an important source of tax revenue for state and local governments.
Last week, the news outlet asked readers whether Texas should consider legalizing recreational cannabis. What prompted the question was a NerdWallet study which suggested that Texas could pull in an additional $166 million in sales tax revenue annually by legalizing and taxing cannabis. Nationwide, the U.S. could generate an additional $3 billion in various taxes.
The Journal reported earlier today that support was at 59 percent, however the stats have gone up dramatically since then.
Polling on the subject will be open until noon on September 30.
Polls both nationwide and in Texas peg support for marijuana legalization at 58 percent, with support for medical marijuana reaching almost 80 percent.
Three bills will be introduced to the Texas legislative session in 2015 seeking medical marijuana, full legalization, and reduced penalties for possession.