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Texans poll overwhelmingly in favor of reduced pot penalties

A scene from earlier this year in Fort Worth as thousands marched through downtown in support of changing marijuana laws in Texas.
A scene from earlier this year in Fort Worth as thousands marched through downtown in support of changing marijuana laws in Texas.

Fresh off of a hot legislative session featuring 11 bills pertaining to marijuana, a new poll shows that Texans are overwhelmingly in support of reducing the penalty for possession.

The maximum penalty for possession of two ounces or less of marijuana in Texas is 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Unless part of a plea deal, those arrested for possession also forfeit their driver’s license for generally six months as well.

New polling by Texas Tribune indicates that over two-thirds support bringing that penalty down to a $250 ticket.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

Only 26 percent said they would oppose lowering the penalty, including 15 percent who “strongly oppose” the proposal.

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently stated that there would be no change in marijuana laws while he is in office.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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