By Steve Elliott
An overwhelming 77 percent of Texans, more than three of every four, support legalizing medical marijuana, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
The University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey, which polled 1,200 voters, found just 23 percent of respondents said cannabis should remain illegal in all cases in Texas, reports Kolten Parker at My San Antonio. Almost half of those polled -- 49 percent -- said marijuana should be legal for all adults, including for recreational uses, either in small quantities (32 percent) or any amount (17 percent).
"I'm not surprised at the poll results because people in general understand arresting someone for the use of marijuana is more likely to waste taxpayer dollars and law enforcement's time than to deter use," said Ana Yañez-Correa, executive director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. "That's why you see a national trend of addressing a person's choice to smoke pot in different ways."
"When people look at the negative financial ramifications for marijuana possession arrests, they see millions of dollars wasted," Yañez-Correa said. "That's why you see libertarians, members of the Tea Party and Democrats all saying the same thing.
"How can we, as a society, deny people who need marijuana for medical treatment?" Yañez-Correa asked.