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 Home consultant who was simply elected to the Texas state senate, mentioned 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 probably be dealing with large budgetary challenges subsequent session,” he mentioned within the tweet. “My invoice would create 30,000 new jobs for our state and produce $3.2 billion in new income WITHOUT elevating taxes on on a regular basis Texans!”
Gutierrez elaborated in a information launch.
“There’s going to be a finances shortfall to have an effect on all Texans subsequent laws session, nevertheless, I look ahead to working with my colleagues to supply an actual resolution,” Gutierrez mentioned, as quoted by local television outlet KSAT. “This invoice will generate new income and create at the very least 30,000 excessive paying jobs. Our state’s financial future is unsure and so as to greatest serve our state, we’ve to have a look at hashish legalization as an answer and never preserve going again to the taxpayers and lift their taxes.”
According to local television station KLTV, Gutierrez’s invoice would “permit Texans to own as much as 2.5 ounces on their individual at anybody time and develop as much as 12 crops for private use,” whereas additionally allowing licensed retailers “to promote marijuana and merchandise containing THC, the primary intoxicating substance in hashish, to adults over 21.”
As well as, Gutierrez’s laws authorizes “the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, transportation, and supply of medical hashish and the licensing of medical hashish shelling out organizations.”
Legalization Sweeping The Nation
Gutierrez might really feel emboldened by the success of marijuana ballot 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 accepted 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, had been simply carried by Presidential Donald Trump, whereas Arizona had been carried by Republicans within the 5 presidential elections previous to this 12 months. The outcomes might function a number of the most compelling proof but that legalization transcends partisan strains in the US.
“These outcomes as soon as once more illustrate that assist for legalization extends throughout geographic and demographic strains. The success of those initiatives proves definitively that marijuana legalization just isn’t completely a ‘blue’ state situation, however a problem that’s supported by a majority of all Individuals — no matter celebration politics,” said NORML executive director Erik Altieri. “The general public has spoken loudly and clearly. They favor ending the failed insurance policies of marijuana prohibition and changing it with a coverage of legalization, regulation, taxation, and public training. Elected officers — at each the state and federal degree — should be listening.”