With collaboration from our coalition partners, we surveyed state and federal candidates running for the following offices: US Senate, US Congress, Texas House, Texas Senate, Governor, and Lieutenant Governor. Answers provided have been unedited.
Enter your address to find out where the candidates in your districts stand on marijuana policy. (Find specific survey questions below.)
Early Voting: October 22 – November 2, 2018
Election Day: November 2018
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Survey Questions for State Candidates:
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?
Survey Questions for Federal Candidates:
1) Do you agree or disagree that states should take responsibility for creating and carrying out their own marijuana policies without federal interference? (US Constitution, 10th amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”)
2) Do you support or oppose changing federal law to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp throughout the US? (Industrial hemp is genetically similar to marijuana but contains less than 0.3% of the psychoactive chemical in marijuana (THC). Although it is illegal to grow in the U.S., it is cultivated around the world for its seed and fiber, which are used in many legal products, such as paper, textiles, construction materials, and fuel.)
3) Please indicate any marijuana related legislation you have sponsored, co-sponsored, or publicly supported.
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:
- Promoting honest, fact-based dialogue regarding marijuana use and the negative effects of its criminalization.
- Removing penalties for adults’ possession of marijuana for personal use.
- Allowing seriously and terminally ill patients to safely obtain and use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.
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 2018 General Election.