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Texans overwhelmingly support marijuana for medical use. Will such ‘compassionate use’ be expanded this session?

We discuss the status of proposed bills related to marijuana use in Texas.



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There are 21 states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Texas is not one of them.

Also, 34 states have legalized medical marijuana. Texas allows it for the treatment of a few conditions under what's termed a "compassionate use" law. A bill in the Texas Legislature seeks to expand that.

A survey back in February from the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs found that 82 percent of Texans support legalizing marijuana for medical use. And a majority support legalizing it for recreational use for adults 21 and older.

So, Texans clearly favor it. So, why are lawmakers slow to embrace it?

In the audio above, we ask Dr. Katharine Neill Harris, a fellow in drug policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. We also discuss the prospects of a few proposed bills related to marijuana use that are currently under consideration in the legislature.

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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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Craig Cohen

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Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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