A survey conducted recently in the state of Texas has found that one in every five residents in the state have a more relaxed attitute toward the use of recreational cannabis. This comes at a time when several marijuana reform bills have been introduced during this legislative session in the state.
The body that carried out the poll, Recovery.org, surveyed 3,000 residents in the state, with results revealing that 20% of those surveyed were more relaxed about using marijuana recreationally after experiencing a year of lockdown, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recovery.org stated that many individuals were able to relate to new habits brought about by stress or loneliness because of the months they’d spent indoors isolating and social distancing. For some, the survey showed, the lockdown had brought on increased drinking or eating while others had begun experimenting with new substances such as cannabis.
The survey also revealed that 49% of the respondents admitted that they empathized more with individuals who turned to substances such as marijuana to relieve stress brought about by the pandemic. This equates to almost half of the total number of respondents. Recovery.org generated an infographic that demonstrates substance acceptance levels across all states.
Marijuana reform has become a popular topic for the Texas legislature. The House has several bills that focus on expanding medical cannabis coverage and decriminalizing cannabis in the state, which have been tabled for this session. These bills include HB 441, which would make being in possession of an ounce or less of cannabis a class C misdemeanor, impose a maximum fine of $500 and prevent the loss of a driver’s license and gaining a criminal record while HB 2593 and HB 99 would make being in possession of two ounces or less a class C misdemeanor. A Class C misdemeanor doesn’t require jail time.
On the other hand, HB 1535 would expand medical cannabis coverage to include individuals who suffer from chronic and acute pain or cancer, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder as well as other debilitating medical conditions, as stipulated by the state. The measure would also increase the THC limit in products to 5% from 0.5% based on weight and establish a research program to learn more about medical marijuana.
Texas NORML revealed that HB 2593, HB 1535 and HB 441 are headed to the Calendars committee to be scheduled before they are presented to the house. Texas NORML is the Austin chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which focuses on marijuana reform.
Once Texas removes its cannabis restrictions, companies that enter the market could see the kind of explosive growth witnessed by companies such as Gage Growth Corp. (d.b.a. Gage Cannabis), which is operating in the Michigan marijuana market.
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