Candidate in race for State Senate District 17 (D) on Tuesday, March 1, 2022
- "Legalizing marijuana would save taxpayers millions of dollars annually by ceasing the incarceration of those charged with drug possession. Many scholarly articles have placed this savings between $100-$200 million per year.
- Legalizing would allow the state to tax the legal growth and sales of cannabis and generate even more income for much-needed initiatives. With the potential (as some states already have done) of earning a half-billion dollars annually, funds could be allocated for healthcare, education, and other social services, helping to solve critical budgetary shortfalls in the coming years. 33 states have already decriminalized marijuana for medicinal use, and 11 have done the same for recreational use. Texas is missing out on the opportunity to participate in this
- By legalizing marijuana in Texas we will continue to secure our border. Since 2014 the amount of smuggling activity at the U.S./Mexico border has fallen consistently as more and more states have legalized marijuana. If Texas follows suit, this number will continue to drop and make the border safer" (Source).