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Lawmakers pushing for legalization of marijuana in Texas

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Support is growing for legal marijuana in Texas, but there are two key differences in what some lawmakers are trying to accomplish.

Voters in four states last week approved legalizing recreational marijuana, which has many wondering if Texas could follow suit.

State Representative Roland Gutierrez out of San Antonio is proposing a bill to legalize marijuana.

He says the industry would create 30,000 new jobs in Texas and bring in more than $3 billion in revenue.

Many big topics like medical marijuana, active shooter protocol and abortion were covered on the first day to file legislation for the New Year.

Texas State senator Jose Menedez and District 27 Rep. Ron Reynolds have also proposed legislation to expand the use of medical marijuana.

Right now, it can be used in Texas to treat a very limited number of conditions, such as epilepsy, and the level of THC, the psychoactive element of marijuana, can’t be higher than 0.5%

“The legislature didn’t really change with this last election, so I’m not optimistic that there will be full-fledged legalization. I’m practical about that. I would favor that. I would vote in favor of that,” Reynolds said. “But I think this medical. I think there’s enough. Some of my conservative colleagues are compassionate for people’s medical health. They may be open to supporting this legislation.”

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Voters in four states last week approved legalizing recreational marijuana, which has many wondering if Texas could follow suit.