Texas Marijuana Policy 2018 Primary Election Voter Guide

Primary Election Day: March 6, 2018
Early Voting: February 20 – March 2, 2018

We surveyed candidates seeking the Democratic and Republican nominations for the Texas House and Senate. These are the candidates who want to represent you at the Capitol in Austin. Answers provided have been unedited.

Step 1: Using this website, identify your Texas House and Texas Senate Districts.

Step 2: Review our 2018 Primary Election Voter Guide to learn where the candidates stand on marijuana policy. (If you don’t see responses from candidates from your district, we recommend reaching out to them personally via email or social media. Remember to always be respectful and share a personal story, if possible.)

Here are the five questions we asked the all Republican and Democratic candidates for state senator and state representative:

1) Do you support or oppose changing state law to allow residents with debilitating medical conditions (e.g. cancer, multiple sclerosis, PTSD) to access whole plant medical marijuana with a physician’s certification?

2) Under current Texas laws, individuals found in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana can be arrested and given a criminal record, and they face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. Do you support or oppose changing state law to make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine and no time in jail?

3) Do you support or oppose changing state law to allow adults 21 and older to possess limited amounts of marijuana and establishing a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol? Under such a system, it would remain illegal to consume marijuana in public or drive under the influence of marijuana.

4) Industrial hemp is genetically similar to marijuana but contains less than 0.3% of the psychoactive chemical in marijuana (THC). At least 34 states have passed legislation related to industrial hemp. The crop can be cultivated around the world for its seed and fiber, which are used in many legal products, such as paper, textiles, construction materials, and fuel. Do you support or oppose changing state law to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp?

5) Do you agree or disagree that states should be able to carry out their own marijuana policies without interference from the federal government?

Texas Marijuana Policy 2018 Primary Election Voter Guide

This voter guide was compiled, published, and funded by members of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, a broad coalition of organizations, activists, and community leaders dedicated to 1) enacting a comprehensive and compassionate medical marijuana law; 2) removing penalties for adults’ possession of marijuana for personal use; and/or 3) replacing the illicit market for cannabis with a safe, legal, and accountable market.

Texas NORML originated the guide in 2012, and we’d like to thank them for helping to put this year’s guide together. Our goal is to help voters make educated decisions when they go to the polls to vote in the Democratic or Republican Primary.

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