Texas Democrats Move To Legalize Marijuana

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - There is a movement in the Texas Democratic Party to decriminalize marijuana. The move has already happened in other states, and the party says that it is time for it to happen in Texas as well. According to the party’s written platform — on page 29 — Democrats in Texas are urging the President, the Attorney General and Congress to support the move.

The platform states that 85 percent of the arrests made related to marijuana have been for possession only, and there is no evidence that marijuana is a gateway drug. Prohibiting marijuana use, the party says, puts the control of marijuana production and distribution in the hands of drug cartels and street gangs.

The Texas Democratic Party would rather see the drug regulated like alcohol and tobacco. “Decrimination of marijuana does not mean we endorse…

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