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Could the Lone Star State Turn Green?

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) - More than half of the United States and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana and yesterday Oklahoma joined the growing club.    

With a recent trend of a green wave sweeping the nation, could the Lone Star State be next?

"There's been a lot of interest in marijuana and the discussion," said Terry Harman, Randall County Republican Chair.

The Randall County Republican Chair has much to say on the topic.

In fact, he told us it's discussed often.

Most recently at their state convention in San Antonio. 

"We see gradually a little bit of movement but not very much. There's still a lot of interest in looking at medical marijuana but it is one of the many issues that we have throughout the years that most of the citizens are afraid," said Harman.

Harman said some are worried the legalization of medical marijuana in Texas could lead to the legalization of recreation use. 

"The whole theory is if you give an inch they'll take a mile. It won't stop with medical marijuana. They're really objective. Those pushing it is free use for everybody and that's the main issue and the main resistance," said Harman.

When we reached out to the Randall County Democratic Chair on the issue she told us there was no opinion at this time on the matter.

"They develop their own platform and they always develop their own ideas. I know in a more general nature, they're more supportive of it than Republicans are," said Harman.

Harman said he hasn't heard from anyone being pressured to turn Texas green because New Mexico and Oklahoma did. 

Speaking of Oklahoma, here's how voters answered regarding State Question 788.

In a 56.84% to 43.16% margin, Oklahoma voters approved the legal use, sell, and growth of medicinal marijuana.

The latest University of Texas and Texas Tribune poll shows some Texans are on board for going green.

Take a look at these numbers, the Tribune states:

Overall, 53% of the state’s voters would legalize marijuana either in small amounts or any amounts.

Another 31% said they would legalize marijuana only for medical purposes. 

While only 16% said possession of marijuana should remain illegal under any circumstances. 


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