Texas may be on the path to recreational marijuana

Texas may be on the path to recreational marijuana

Texas may be on the path to recreational marijuana
September 20
14:37 2017

As every Texas resident is aware of, marijuana is illegal to possess, use, sell or produce in the state of Texas.

However, Texas just issued the first ever medical marijuana license to “Cansortium Texas” which will allow this company to sell, grow and process medical marijuana. The marijuana will be sold to patients with a specific, rare form of epilepsy.

This development could easily lead to a rapid growth of legal medical marijuana in the state of Texas. The path to recreational marijuana has seemingly always begun with the legalization of medical marijuana, just as Texas is doing.

States like Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington and a handful of others legalized the use and selling of medical marijuana, then eventually legalized the recreational use of marijuana. It starts with one or two licenses being administered to people or companies, much like in Texas, then it grows into even more people and companies receive licenses.

Then after a number of years pass, there seems to be a pattern among some states that have legalized medicinal marijuana that the legalization of recreational marijuana is sure to follow soon after.

Colorado has been a benchmark for marijuana legalization in the United States. After legalizing medicinal marijuana in 2000, the state legalized recreational use and sale of marijuana in 2014.

Oregon and California have followed in similar footsteps to Colorado with the legalization of medicinal marijuana, followed shortly by the legalization of recreational use of marijuana.

Because Texas is now following in the footsteps of these other states by legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana, this could eventually lead to the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in the state of Texas. It may take a significant number of years for it to be legalized recreationally, but the chances of it being legalized recreationally has a higher chance now than seemingly ever before.

The eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana are Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Since they all started with medicinal use, this is why it almost seems as if Texas is going to follow in the footsteps of these states. Texas has taken the first step by legalizing it medicinally.

Texas is a state that many thought would never see marijuana be legal in any sense of the word. But times have changed, and it if history is any indicator Texas may become a marijuana-friendly state after all.

Featured illustration by Max Raign

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  1. Joe
    Joe September 21, 14:59

    Let’s ignore how poorly written this piece is, and skip right to its illogical premise. Yes, eight states have legalized rec, and they had previously legalized medical. But that is out of 29 with legal medical systems (30 if you count Washington D.C.). So slightly more than 1 in 4 states with medical programs have made the switch to rec sales. What’s more, 7 of the 8 rec states had their medical programs in place for more than a decade before legalizing rec.

    So, “if history is any indicator” then Texas will not have recreational marijuana any time soon.

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    • Moe
      Moe October 24, 18:38

      Medical marijuana is just a good as it gives protection from being a criminal if you use it recreationally because all you have to do is get a MM referal. This is a good thing. It protects people.

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    • Markymark
      Markymark January 02, 08:54

      Literally you say this is poorly written when you just said 30 if you count dc. Washington DC is not a state. And also why are you so against marijuana? Have you tried it and had a bad experience? Or are you just one of those pricks who say it’s illegal I’ll never try something that harms me. Clearly weed does not harm people if it’s being used as a medical treatment. Also did you know alcohol, caffeine, and painkillers can all be purchased and abused as they have been in recent time. I pity you for your belief

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  2. Aldo Diaz
    Aldo Diaz September 24, 08:06

    State teps can vote to let us the people vote for marijuana legalization their are no citizen initiatives where a certain amount of signatures ate gathered to put a law changing question on the ballot like all the legal marijuana states have done. We need the approval of 2/3 state senators and congress members to allow us to vote on this. Medical thc kaws will pass first but when one person who is opposed is in charge of passing these bills for a full vote they procrastinate and levae the bill to be heard last so it dies before making it to a full vote. And with a jackass governor who is in a wheelchair and against thc medical marijuana texas cant pass anything untill hes gone.

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  3. Joekilla
    Joekilla September 28, 22:09

    Shut the fuck up joe

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  4. Vegas
    Vegas October 15, 09:44

    Nevada should be dark green on the map.

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  5. Jeff
    Jeff January 01, 21:50

    We can’t even get casino gambling legal here!!!

    If Texas actually legalizes pot for recreation..but won’t allow a Winstar to come here…then the Texas Legislature is stupider than I thought.

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  6. DakotaR
    DakotaR January 08, 13:57

    I live in Harris county, IN the state of “Texas”. I use marijuana every day for personal use to help me eat throughout the day sleep at night.
    I use different types for different types for symptoms for my person.

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  7. Mamo
    Mamo January 22, 20:54

    I am 66 years old and I suffer from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. The doctor will me prescriptions for opioids, biologics. Steroids and anything else I ask. All the afformentioned are poison with severe long term consequences including death. I don’t understand why an herb with no known dangerous side effects is illegal in Texas.

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    • Robertpal9
      Robertpal9 January 27, 17:56

      You’re comment is the reason why marijuana being illegal is a major absurdity. Why is it people are forced poison as a means of slowing but, prolonging suffering. When they can have an actual cure or at least something to numb the pain that won’t lead to more suffering? Are the legislators just blind, ignorant, or bigoted ? I honestly can’t fathom why it’s illegal with all this IRREFUTABLE evidence for it’s benefits.

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  8. Kandy
    Kandy February 02, 00:53

    I say just legalize it already

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  9. Marijuana reform 2018
    Marijuana reform 2018 February 03, 15:21

    Look we will not stop until the reform in Texas is won I will fight no matter what the law or anyone says this is insanity it’s 2018 8 states are legal why are those who live in Texas and other states punished I should not have to leave my entire life behind and move across the country to treat my illness

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  10. ejwtex
    ejwtex February 09, 10:15

    Agreed, I have never heard of anyone over dosing on thc yet opiods kill people every day, Texas has to legalize this wonderful medicine. We would be a better society and people get much needed relief.

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  11. Wild bill
    Wild bill February 20, 10:35

    Joe needs a joint

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