Baker Institute ‘Viewpoints’ series explores potential for marijuana legalization in Texas
Five leading experts on marijuana reform weigh in
HOUSTON – (June 6, 2014) – Following the legalization of retail marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington and medical marijuana in 22 states, with more to follow, marijuana legalization across the country might appear inevitable — even in “law and order” states such as Texas. The question is no longer if Texas will legalize, but when, according to a number of experts.
In a new Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy “Viewpoints” series, five leading experts on marijuana reform have examined the question, When will Texas legalize marijuana? The answer has important policy implications for incarceration costs, civil liberties and medical marijuana patients, according to Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute, who coordinated the series.
The five experts and their perspectives are:
- “Texas will legalize marijuana in 2019,” by Rob Kampia, co-founder and executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project.
- “Texas will legalize medical marijuana in 2015 and regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol in 2017,” by Steve Nolin, executive director of the Houston chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
- “Marijuana won’t be legal in Texas anytime soon,” by Mark Jones, Rice’s Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at the Baker Institute.
- “When will marijuana be legal in Texas? Maybe not till 2023,” by Jerry Epstein, co-founder and president of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas.
- “Texas voters will push for marijuana legalization by 2019,” by Zoe Russell, assistant executive director of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition.
For more information or to arrange an interview with one of these experts, contact Nathan Jones at email@example.com or 713-348-3193.
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