It’s that time again, where a few Texans (about 23 percent turn out for mid-term voting) go to the polls and decide the direction of the state, among other things, for the next few years. A common question is, will there be anything marijuana related to vote on?
Texas voters will head to the polls this November, and some will be armed with information about the candidates’ stances on various marijuana policies.
Through the collective efforts of numerous people around the state, Texas NORML has produced the Texas Marijuana Policy Voter Guide. The non-profit organization, which is dedicated to changing cannabis laws, routinely publishes this guide during the primaries and general elections. The first such guide was created in 2012.
During a debate this week between Texas gubernatorial candidates Republican Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the subject of marijuana came up. The question was asked, “What is your stance on marijuana legalization in Texas?”
Two Democratic U.S. senators filed legislation on Wednesday that would effectively legalize medical marijuana for military veterans and let government doctors help them access it.
More than 1,600 people and businesses applied for Oklahoma medical marijuana licenses on the first day that applications were made available.
The online application system went live at 10 a.m. Saturday at http://www.OMMA.ok.gov for all potential medical marijuana patients, growers, dispensaries, processors and caregivers. Oklahoma State Department of Health spokesman Tony Sellars said that by Saturday evening, the agency had received 1,054 patient, 634 business and three caregiver applications.
Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, Texans will be seeing — and hearing — a lot of campaign ads. But, on top of the typical election year barrage of political commercials, some rural Texans will also be seeing a very different kind of ad.