If Texas decriminalized pot, the state would save money on prisons and realize a new revenue stream. Support seems to be growing for the idea. Is legal pot inevitable for the Lone Star State? Jax Finkel, deputy director for Texas NORML, seems to think so.
Whenever you see representatives on the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee that are eloquently making arguments for decriminalization during the actual hearing,” she says, “then it seems to say that change is coming.”
A recent poll shows 23 percent of Texans think marijuana should be illegal in all circumstances.
“That means three-quarters of the state is with us,” she says, “and our elected officials definitely need to be listening to the will of the people.”
About 28 percent say pot should be legal for medicinal use. The numbers are trending toward legalization and closely mirror national results.