Poll finds growing support for legal marijuana in Texas

Aerial view of marijuana grow operation in Menard County. (Courtesy: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
Marijuana grow operation in Menard County. (Courtesy: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new poll from KXAN’s media partners at the Texas Tribune found that less than one in five Texans are opposed to legalizing marijuana in any form.

Of those surveyed, 83 percent told the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll they support legalizing marijuana for some use and 53 percent would allow possession for any use.

Currently, Senate Bill 269, filed by Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, seeks to legalize marijuana for debilitating and chronic medical conditions with a doctor’s recommendation. In 2015, the Texas legislature passed the Texas Compassionate Use Act (T.CUP), allowing patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy to access “low THC cannabis oil.” When Gov. Greg Abbott signed it into law, he made it clear that this would not open the door to legalize marijuana in Texas.

The poll also found Texans supported President Donald Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees as well as his plan to temporarily block people from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States. 54 percent supported the Syrian refugee policy and 56 percent supported the temporary block.

As for healthcare, a majority of Texans want to wait for a replacement before Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act. 68 percent want lawmakers to figure out a replacement plan first.

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