Several states legalized marijuana last week. Will Texas be next?

Advocates for marijuana legalization are hopeful Texas lawmakers will take up meaningful reform this upcoming 2021 legislative session.

During last week’s general election, voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota approved ballot measures allowing recreational marijuana, leaving Texas a member of a shrinking group of states that prohibit the drug.

That could soon change, according to Heather Fazio, the director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. In fact, Roland Gutierrez, who recently won the race for Sate Senate District 19 and is a former San Antonio City Council member, pre-filed a bill Monday that would legalize cannabis if passed.

Fazio said a growing number of Texans want to see marijuana-related legislation. According to a Texas Tribune article published in January, 80 percent of Texans support legalizing marijuana in some form.

Here is where Texas stands when it comes to legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Medicinal marijuana is legal but is restrictive. Residents must be accepted into the Texas Compassionate Use Program, which was created in 2015 and expanded in 2019, and allows for low-level THC cannabis products for those who suffer from medical conditions such as epilepsy, seizures, terminal cancer, multiple sclerosis, incurable neurological disorders, autism and ALS. [Read more at My San Antonio]

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