Texas NORML releases 2014 marijuana voters' guide
After extensive contact with candidates running for all levels of government across the state, Texas NORML has released its 2014 voters’ guide.
The non-profit sub-chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws surveyed candidates on a variety of marijuana related issues and compiled the responses into a single database which voters can use in the November elections to help make an informed decision when casting their ballots.
“We are very happy to announce that the 2014 Texas NORML Voters’ Guide is now available for distribution to voters! Because of law changes in 1997, Texas must change all drug laws at the state level and through the legislative process. Therefore, we are reliant on our elected state officials who only meet for a 140 day session every two years.”
Three questions were posed to the candidates, including:
- 1. Currently, the District of Columbia and 22 other states have medical marijuana programs. This accounts for 47% of the U.S. population. The patients in these states and the District have safe access to their medicine, but patients in Texas are denied such a right. Texas accounts for 12% of the U.S. population. Do you support or oppose changing the law in Texas to allow seriously and terminally ill patients to safely obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it?
- 2. Under current Texas law, it is a criminal offense for a person to possess a small amount of marijuana; he or she can be sentenced to up to a year in jail, and fined up to $2,000. Arresting and prosecuting non-violent individuals simply for the possession of small amounts of marijuana clogs our court system, misplaces valuable law enforcement resources, and wastes taxpayer dollars at a cost of $10,000 per arrest. Would you support or oppose a change in the law to make the possession of a small amount of marijuana a civil, not criminal, offense, punishable by a fine of up to $100, but without jail time?
- 3. Two states, Washington and Colorado, have replaced their respective prohibitions of marijuana with regulatory structures that treat marijuana similarly to alcohol, including common sense restrictions on advertising and sales. Do you support or oppose making marijuana legal, and treating it similarly to alcohol, for Texans who are 21 years of age and older?
Of the 824 candidates they reached out to, 134 responded.
Libertarian Party candidates comprised most of the respondents, totaling 72, followed by 32 Democrats, 15 Greens, 14 Republicans, and one Independent.
The group also included 14 additional candidates who did not respond but have previously indicated positions on the subject of cannabis.
Voter registration deadline is October 6. Election day is November 4, however early voting is held two weeks prior from October 20-31.
Click here to view the guide.
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