Texas State Senator Wendy Davis in Favor of Medical Marijuana
Posted on: February 12, 2014
DALLAS, TX – In a candid interview with the Dallas Morning News, State Senator Wendy Davis came out in favor of reforming Texas’s draconian marijuana laws Tuesday afternoon.
In the interview Senator Davis, who is running for Governor this November, said in no uncertain words, “I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for.”
This is a huge step forward in the state of Texas and a mark of the changing times.
Davis went on to say, “I don’t know where the state is on that, as a population. Certainly as Governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.”
It would appear Texans have been more than ready for medical marijuana over 10 years ago according to a 2004 Scripps and Howard Poll with 74% of those polled in favor of medical marijuana in the Lone Star State.
Senator Davis was also asked about her views on lessening and removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession. She has taken a common sense approach on marijuana decriminalization with the following statement “…we as a state need to think about the cost of that incarceration and, obviously, the cost to the taxpayers as a consequence of it, and whether we’re really solving any problem for the state by virtue of incarcerations for small amounts of marijuana possession.”
When asked if she would have voted for the legalization of marijuana as a private citizen she responded “from a philosophical position, do I have any objections to the fact that citizens might want to legalize marijuana? No, I don’t. But I think watching to see how this experiment plays out in other states is probably advisable before I could tell you for sure.”
Davis seems to be on the fence about legalization but brought up valid points and concerns as to why she wants to wait and see. “When you stop someone whose drunk driving, you can easily do a test to make a determination that that’s the case. When you stop someone you believe is driving under the influence of too much marijuana, what is the ability to conduct that same sort of analysis, and do you accidentally ensnare someone who really isn’t under the influence but yesterday smoked marijuana, and it’s still in their blood stream? These are some unique questions and challenges”
Her concerns are fair and legitimate but the Senator’s overall open-minded approach to reforming marijuana policy seems genuine and is refreshing considering the stigma surrounding marijuana policy in Texas.
This is a far cry from her presumed opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott’s views on marijuana. The Attorney general still believes marijuana is a dangerous drug with absolutely no medicinal value.
With 58% of Texans wanting marijuana legalized, 74% wanting medical marijuana and 79% wanting no jail time for marijuana, it would seem that marijuana might be a major election issue in 2014 here in Texas.
Senator Davis will have to face these unique challenges sooner than later if she is elected Governor this November.
Reposted from the Daily Chronic: http://www.thedailychronic.net/2014/27550/senator-wendy-davis-favor-medical-marijuana/