Four in five Texas voters think cannabis should be legal for recreational or medical use

A new poll also shows that 72% of Lone Star State voters want to cut the punishment for possession of small amounts of pot to a citation and a fine.

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click to enlarge More than four in five Texans think cannabis should be legal in some form. - Unsplash / Elsa Olofsson
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More than four in five Texans think cannabis should be legal in some form.
Even though the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature has shown little appetite for sweeping cannabis reform, 83% of the state's voters think weed should be legal for medical or recreational use, a new poll shows.

The survey, released Monday by the University of Texas, also found that 72% of Lone Star State voters want to cut the punishment for possession of small amounts of pot to a citation and a fine.

The idea of decriminalizing small amounts of weed has primarily been embraced in Democrat-controlled Texas counties, including Bexar, where district attorneys have stopped prosecuting criminal cases for low-level cannabis offenses.

Even so, the UT poll shows support for decriminalization across the political spectrum. Among Republicans, 63% favored reducing pot penalties, while 84% of Democrats and 66% of independents support the idea.

Only 17% of poll respondents said they support a complete prohibition of cannabis use.

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