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‘This must end’: Texas Ag Commissioner advocates for expanding marijuana use

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Texans increasingly signal their acceptance of marijuana legalization, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, a Republican, said he supports the expansion of medical marijuana access and nodded to conservative states that have legalized the drug for adults altogether.

In a letter, Miller said he believes government should only be allowed to make something illegal “for a powerful reason or set of facts.” He also compared the marijuana laws now to the alcohol prohibition of the 1920s.

“As I look back, I believe that cannabis prohibition came from a place of fear, not from medical science or the analysis of social harm. Sadly, the roots of this came from a history of racism, classism, and a large central government with an authoritarian desire to control others. It is as anti-American in its origins as could be imaginable,” he wrote.

Miller pointed to other states around the country that have outright legalized medical marijuana, including more conservative-leaning states like Oklahoma and Florida. He also noted that eighteen states have legalized marijuana for all adults, including Arizona and Montana.

“While I am not sure that Texas is ready to go that far, I have seen firsthand the value of cannabis as medicine to so many Texans,” Miller wrote.

On the opposite end of the discussion, and perhaps most vocally opposed to decriminalization in Texas, is Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. [Read More @ KXAN]

 

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