On the heels of a historic triumph for the legalization motion on the poll field earlier this month, one Texas lawmaker is eager to get in on the motion.
Roland Gutierrez, a Democratic state House consultant who was simply elected to the Texas state senate, stated this week that he intends to introduce laws that may legalize each leisure and medical marijuana within the Lone Star State.
The San Antonio-based lawmaker took to Twitter on Monday to announce the measure, saying it may function a treatment for the state’s budgetary woes.
“Texas will be facing tremendous budgetary challenges next session,” he stated within the tweet. “My bill would create 30,000 new jobs for our state and produce $3.2 billion in new revenue WITHOUT raising taxes on everyday Texans!”
Gutierrez elaborated in a information launch.
“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 stated, as quoted by local television outlet KSAT. “This bill will generate new revenue and create at least 30,000 high paying jobs. 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.”
According to local television station KLTV, Gutierrez’s invoice would “allow Texans to possess up to 2.5 ounces on their person at any one time and grow up to 12 plants for personal use,” whereas additionally allowing licensed retailers “to sell marijuana and products containing THC, the main intoxicating substance in cannabis, to adults over 21.”
In addition, Gutierrez’s laws authorizes “the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and delivery of medical cannabis and the licensing of medical cannabis dispensing organizations.”
Legalization Sweeping The Country
Gutierrez could really feel emboldened by the success of marijuana poll measures on Election Day final week, with the legalization motion notching wins even in traditionally conservative states like Texas. Voters in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota all accredited proposals to legalize leisure marijuana for adults (South Dakota, together with Mississippi, additionally handed measures legalizing medical marijuana). Two of these states, Montana and South Dakota, have been simply carried by Presidential Donald Trump, whereas Arizona had been carried by Republicans within the 5 presidential elections previous to this yr. The outcomes could function a number of the most compelling proof but that legalization transcends partisan traces within the United States.
“These results once again illustrate that support for legalization extends across geographic and demographic lines. The success of these initiatives proves definitively that marijuana legalization is not exclusively a ‘blue’ state issue, but an issue that is supported by a majority of all Americans — regardless of party politics,” said NORML executive director Erik Altieri. “The public has spoken loudly and clearly. They favor ending the failed policies of marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a policy of legalization, regulation, taxation, and public education. Elected officials — at both the state and federal level — ought to be listening.”