Texas State Senator-elect Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio pre-files marijuana legalization bill

click to enlarge UNSPLASH / JEFF W
Unsplash / Jeff W
Texas State Senator-elect Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, is already making good on a campaign promise to turn over a new leaf for the state.

On Monday, Gutierrez — who made marijuana legalization a primary issue during his run — pre-filed a bill that would legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational use in Texas if passed.

The former SA city councilman and current state rep's bill isn't the only marijuana-centric legislation already filed for the next legislative session. Sen. José Menendez, D-San Antonio, offered up a more modest bill proposing the expansion of the state's medical marijuana program.

In a statement supplied to KSAT, Gutierrez touted his bill as way to bolster the state's coffers as it grapples with declining revenues.

"There is going to be a budget shortfall to affect all Texans next legislation session, however, I look forward to working with my colleagues to offer a real solution," Gutierrez said.

"This bill will generate new revenue and create at least 30,000 high-paying jobs," he continued. "Our state’s economic future is uncertain, and in order to best serve our state, we have to look at cannabis legalization as a solution and not keep going back to the taxpayers and raise their taxes."

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.
Scroll to read more San Antonio News articles
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join SA Current Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.