SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – State Senator-elect Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio has pre-filed a bill that would legalize cannabis.
The Democrat who ousted Republican Pete Flores in the State Senate District 19 race last week made the legalization of marijuana for medical and adult recreation use one of his campaign platforms. Gutierrez says it would result in an estimated $3.2 billion in state revenue and create 30,000 jobs.
“There is going to be a budget shortfall to affect all Texans next legislative session, however, I look forward to working with my colleagues to offer a real solution,” Gutierrez said. “Our state’s economic future is uncertain and in order to best serve our state, we have to look at cannabis legalization as a solution and not keep going back to the taxpayers and raise their taxes.”
He notes that marijuana is legalized, either for medicinal or adult recreational use, in nearly 40 states.
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