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Texas: 20 percent oppose marijuana reform, 46 percent support legalization

Texas Lyceum 2015 Marijuana Survey
Texas Lyceum 2015 Marijuana Survey

Polling by Texas Lyceum during 2015 showed that while only about 20 percent of Texans oppose marijuana law reform, overall support for legalization hovers around 46 percent.

The poll asked a two-part question, the first being if the respondent would “support or oppose legalizing the use of
marijuana in the state of Texas?”

About 50 percent stated that they would oppose legalizing marijuana.

Those responding in opposition were then given the following question.

You said that you opposed legalizing the use of marijuana in Texas, would you support or oppose reducing the maximum punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a citation and a fine?

Of those who opposed legalization, 57 percent stated that they would support such a reduction in penalty, while 39 percent were still opposed.

“This means that among Texas adults, only 19.5 percent expressed opposition to both the legalization and/or the decriminalization of marijuana,” according to Texas Lyceum. That leaves support for reducing marijuana possession penalties at 74.5 percent.

A majority of Democrats support legalization (54 percent support; 42 percent oppose) while a majority of Republicans oppose legalization (37 percent support; 61 percent oppose).

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

50 percent of whites support legalization while 56 percent of Hispanics and 51 percent of blacks stand in opposition.

Eighteen to 29-year-olds are the only age group in which a majority supports legalization (66 percent).

However on the topic of decreasing the penalty for possession to a citation and fine, a majority in each group was in favor, whether it be by party (60 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans), race (whites 59 percent, Hispanics 56 percent, and blacks 52 percent), or age.

In all, 12 cannabis related bills were filed in the 2015 Texas legislative session, one of which was by Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, which would have decreased the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana to a citation and fine. That bill passed committee, however the calendar committee refused to schedule it and another marijuana-related bill for a vote by the full Texas House of Representatives.

In a survey of the top five important issues to Texans, the subject of cannabis law reform did not make the list.

The subject of medical marijuana was not covered, however the most recent polling on the issue by Public Policy Polling in 2013 showed 58 percent support for legalizing medicinal cannabis.

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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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  1. Ivan Espinosa
    October 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

    It’s time for Texas’ Younger Generation(18-35 years young) along with all other age groups, to stand up and register to vote for the legalization of Marijuana!!!! I know deep in my heart that we have way more than 46% of Texans that need/want Marijuana legalized for medicinal, agricultural and economical purposes!!!! It’s time for us to stop BS-ing ourselves (and Texans of all people know the meaning of BS) and stand up to vote for the legalization of this GREAT resourceful plant! The 46% that want marijuana legalized is the 46% that is registered to vote only. They’re not counting the “young generation” that hasn’t even registered to vote yet! So if we really want this GREAT plant to be legalized in our GREAT State of TEXAS, then we need to stand up for ourselves, get registered, and vote yes on HB 2165 for the full legalization of Marijuana!!!!!!…….

  2. rickyb
    November 7, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Actually, the time to get the next generation involved in cannabis legalization, is before they get to the voting booth.

    They’re going to need the extra time to filter out all the anti-cannabis propaganda, rhetoric and misinformation that they’ve been force fed, while mom & dad pound down the martinis, the beer & the wine.