9 out of 10 Texas voters support some form of marijuana legalization, new survey shows

In the poll, 60% of Texas voters said they support some level of legalization of marijuana for recreational use. - Michael Fischer / Pixels
Michael Fischer / Pixels
In the poll, 60% of Texas voters said they support some level of legalization of marijuana for recreational use.
Almost nine out of ten Texas voters think marijuana should be legal in some capacity, according to a new statewide poll.

Only 13% of voters said marijuana shouldn't be legal in any form, according to a survey released Friday by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune.

Of those surveyed, 27% said pot should be legal for medical purposes, while 31% believe small amounts should be legal for any type of use and another 29% believe any amount should be legal for any purpose.

Let's do the math: 60% of those polled think weed should be legal for some level of recreational use in the state.

Those findings appear to contradict the slow movement of cannabis reform in the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature. While 18 states have now legalized weed, Lone Star State lawmakers passed only a minor expansion of the state's compassionate use program during the recent session.

Support for some form of legalization is wide across party lines, according to the UT/Tribune poll, but its highest level of support is with voters between 18 and 29. Only 4% of that group are in favor of marijuana being outlawed under any situation, while 51% said weed should be legal in any amount for any reason.

The poll surveyed 1,200 registered voters via the Internet from June 10-21.

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