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Could Texas Ever Legalize Marijuana?

With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado, could it ever happen in Texas? The Lone Star State has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that it could happen here anytime soon. But look a little deeper at what Texas stands for: rugged individualism, freedom […]

With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado, could it ever happen in Texas? The Lone Star State has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that it could happen here anytime soon. But look a little deeper at what Texas stands for: rugged individualism, freedom from governmental interference – is it really so outrageous to think it could happen in Texas? What are the arguments in favor for legalization? What are the arguments against it? And what does this all have to do with the so-called “war on drugs?” We consider whether Texas will ever legalize marijuana, for medical or recreational use. We also consider where we stand in the war on drugs. Has it failed? Are there efforts underway to redefine it?

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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