The Top Ten Reasons Texas Should Legalize Cannabis, Y'all


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5. Texas' education system is a hot mess. Our roads are crumbling. Funding is slashed every time we turn around. We could use those tax dollars.
Pretty self-explanatory. Let's be real here. Our education system is a disaster. Slashing 4 billion dollars from public schools in our state was a horrible idea to begin with, Slick Rick, and now that the 22 kid per classroom limit has been raised, the overcrowding just adds to how utterly useless our classrooms, and schools, have become.

The injection of tax dollars, or even a "rainy day" fund similar to the ones in place for oil and gas, could sure do a whole hell of a lot to oh, I don't know, pay teachers enough to ensure we hire and keep the best ones. That huge injection of tax revenue that Colorado is about to benefit from could certainly do quite a bit to dig Texas out of that whole "cutting 5 to 6 percent of the community college funding" thing, too.

If we're really "thinking of the children" here, cutting funds for their educations is a complete contradiction to that mindset. We need to fix the issue as soon as possible. It comes down to weighing the ramifications of weed legalization for adults versus classrooms that are incapacitated by a lack of seats and funding, and it doesn't seem like a terribly difficult equation. Unless you've been educated by our public school system, of course.

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4. Most Texans want to move forward with legalization.
So the advocacy group, Marijuana Policy Project, conducted a poll of Texans in regards to issues of legalization, and the results were released in October 2013. Guess what? 58 percent of Texans support outright legalization and regulation. Right on, Texas. I knew most of us were "friendly Texans" for a stoned reason.

Yep, our conservative little state believes not only in the right to choose medical marijuana as a treatment, but in the right to partake in recreational pot use as well. So if your state wants it passed -- a state that is traditionally super conservative, don't you think it's wise to listen to the constituents? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

3. Economic stimulus does not come via "packages" or pleas for out-of-state businesses to move to Texas; it comes by way of small businesses and job creation.
Why, oh why are we panhandling in radio ads in other states, begging the businesses to move to Texas, where we'll ignore your indiscretions and tax you less, when we could simply be creating jobs and allowing small businesses to grow by massive proportions with the passage of pot legalizations? Folks will be needed to grow it, regulate it, and sell it. Money goes into banks, giving them the ability to provide small business loans, which create more jobs, and so forth, so on.

It certainly seems like a surefire plan to stimulate the economy. Mailing out stimulus checks that people use for their bills or offering big businesses from out of state some sort of strange immunity for relocation to the Lone Star state isn't quite the same as actually injecting the economy with alternative methods for self-sufficiency. Teach a man to fish (or grow pot), man. It's the only way.

2. The most dangerous thing about marijuana is the fact that it's illegal.
When Dr Sanjay Gupta rescinds his marijuana chastising and apologizes for his "role in misleading the public," perhaps it's time to take note. You've been had, folks. Reefer Madness it is not. Check out Dr Gupta's quote on the entire situation when it comes to pot misnomers.

Most frightening to me is that someone dies in the United States every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose, mostly accidental. Every 19 minutes. It is a horrifying statistic. As much as I searched, I could not find a documented case of death from marijuana overdose.

See that, folks? And Dr Gupta knows all.

Here's the deal with weed. Marijuana is not a gateway drug. It literally does not lead users into harder drugs. That's one of the biggest misnomers out there. Long term marijuana use, even by smoking, has not been showed to increase a risk in cancer, unlike cigarettes, which it is often (unfairly) categorized with. And to top it all off, it is the safest substance of any of the legal or illegal drugs that you can use. Legit.

Cannabis has been proven to ease seizures in children, and those with neurologic muscle conditions that cause spastic movements. Marijuana relieves chemotherapy side effects in cancer patients, and nausea is super hard to treat when it comes to chemotherapy.

There is research on using marijuana to treat a number of other conditions, all with fewer side effects than those listed on the drugs pumped out by Pfizer, but we can't freaking commence with that research in the states until it's legalized. We're forcing research overseas, stagnating quite a bit of what could be discovered -- and presumably removing research jobs from the United States -- because we're conditioned to believe marijuana will lead you or your teenager to a life of meth addiction.


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reneemariegow
reneemariegow

I agree completely with this article as well as the fact that there is no good reason to criminalize any drug use. All naturally occuring drugs should be sold to adults who are perfectly capable of making choices about what they want to put in their bodies. We waste money on paying to incarcerate Americans for personal choices. As long as they don't hurt anyone or become a menace on the road or in public than why is it a crime? It's a joke and waste of my money trying to regulate individuals personal choices.

420investor
420investor

Great article.  Sadly, we will be among the last to legalize...

Ricardo Vera
Ricardo Vera

Lol Al Qaeda. The US gov supports Al Qaeda.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

i think texas [like every other state] is salivating over the $5 million that CO made in their first WEEK of legal sales. will our mostly republican government have the balls to actually suggest it? probably not.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

because alcohol isn't addictive or destructive at all.

TopNotch Wafer
TopNotch Wafer

Yeah....sure go ahead but don't complain when you're getting fired for dirty piss. Federally it's still criminal so whatever. Go ahead and support cartels and al-qaeda and when the city is trashed you'll conplain about it.

Kristina Coble
Kristina Coble

That is not true, Jim. You are allowed to brew a certain amount of booze for yourself, as long as you aren't reselling it. It's perfectly legal to make booze for yourself and your friends.

Jim Rassinier
Jim Rassinier

Sigh. The saddest thing is that potheads don't know what should be truly realized: taxation. Pot smokers are already used to paying a premium. The Colorado idea of allowing you to grow it without being taxed? You can't even do that with beer.

mark
mark

I'm ok with marijuana legalization. Lets put it up for a vote. :)

venetia.lane
venetia.lane

The citizens of Texas stand to benefit from the legalization of cannabis in 3 ways: a) reduced physical suffering and better health b) economics and c) safety.

From a health perspective, large numbers of people can benefit from better healing and better relief.  From an economic standpoint, we can stop flushing money down the drain for law enforcement, but we can reduce money from going into a black market and generate real money for our community.  And from a safety perspective, we can provide safe access to everyone and deflate the power of violent drug cartels.


We have created an online guide to cannabis for the terminally and chronically ill.  Get informed at http://www.mychronicrelief.com.

Erica Murphey
Erica Murphey

I don't like the idea at all. I have had firsthand experience with a drug addict in the family and wouldn't wish it on anyone.

herbalmagick
herbalmagick

"Money goes into banks, giving them the ability to provide small business loans, which create more jobs, and so forth, so on."

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That might be true if the federal government would allow banks to deal with marijuana businesses.  Currently, these businesses are forced into a cash-only mode because banks won't give them checking accounts and credit card companies won't accept them as customers.  This makes their operations far more dangerous because of the presence of large quantities of cash, an attraction for robbers.

dermgerm
dermgerm

Whoa whoa whoa 1 in 11 kids in the US is in Texas?? Were a pretty cool state

claygooding
claygooding

@reneemariegow It is a crying shame that our government has spent $4 trillion dollars fighting natures drugs while allowing the "legal" drug dealers to fill our medicines cabinets with enough poisons to kill us all.

PrimoVictoria
PrimoVictoria

Some alcoholics are assholes, but you don't see me advocating the prohibition of alcohol.

PrimoVictoria
PrimoVictoria

@herbalmagickInteresting. That answers why a particular marijuana business in Colorado has a former U.S. Army Ranger who carries a firearm as the doorman.

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