The Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy launched a new pro-marijuana TV campaign last week. The ad features Russell Jones, a retired narcotics detective who served for 10 years in California and now calls Texas home.
Jones says Texas should take a more “sensible” approach to marijuana regulation because cannabis causes fewer problems than alcohol in the commercial.
“People under the influence of alcohol are much more problematic,” says Jones. “Law enforcement officials have more important things to do with their time than arresting people for marijuana possession. They need to be there to protect the public to respond to crimes such as robbery, burglaries, rapes and murders.”
So why now?
The timing of the ad corresponds with the current legislative session in Texas. During this session which ends in June, Texan lawmakers are considering several potential cannabis bills in the current legislative session. One measure would legalize recreational marijuana which may seem surprising in a conservative state like Texas.
Last week, the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence approved a marijunan decriminalization bill, sponsored by state Rep. Joe Moody (D). The House must approve the bill by midnight Thursday for it to advance to the Senate.
However, a recent poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found that a majority of voters support legalization of medical marijuana, while nearly half support legalizing recreational marijuana.
The pro-marijuana ad below will air in the Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio markets. on CNN, ESPN, and Fox News Channel starting on Tuesday, and will continue through the legislative deadline Thursday. What do you think? Will Texas be the next state to decriminalize or legalize marijuana?
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