Recent polls have shown that over 60% of Texas residents would vote yes to legalize marijuana. Gov. Rick Perry has said he is for decriminalization of marijuana. “As the governor of the second-largest state in the country, what I can do is start us on policies that can start us on the road towards decriminalization,” Perry said, adding that he views Colorado’s marijuana laws as constitutional but he opposes a federal mandate.
Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has said she supports decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. “With regard to medical marijuana. I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for. I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population,” she said. “Certainly as governor, I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that,” she said, adding that it’s worth watching other states experimenting with decriminalization.
It’s time to stop throwing people in jail in Texas for having small amounts of marijuana for personal use. And it looks like Gov. Rick Perry and the gubernatorial candidate Wendi Davis both agree.