Yet another Texas poll shows strong support for marijuana legalization

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For years, poll after poll has found that Texas voters back marijuana reform, and a new poll shows the trend is continuing.

According to a study conducted April 12-17 by Quinnipiac University, a solid 61% of Texans support “allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.”

That follows a poll from 2017, which found that 53% of Texans would support rec legalization, along with a 2016 study that showed 71% were behind the legalization of medical cannabis.

The only voting blocs that were opposed to legal marijuana, Quinnipiac found this month, are Republicans and voters 65 and older. But even in those demographics, opposition was only 51%, according to the survey.

Still, legalization is likely a ways off in Texas.

The state has no mechanism for independent ballot measures, meaning the only way to change state law is through the legislature. And the legislature doesn’t convene again until January 2019.

The state does have a restrictive CBD market that began sales this year. Advocates are still hoping to enact a broader MMJ law come 2019.