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John Cornyn on Drugs

Republican Jr Senator (TX)


Legal pot causes similar attitudes to other illegal drugs

Advocates of pot use note that 14 states have passed decriminalization laws, and 16 states and the District of Columbia permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Texas is not one of those states, and it is not likely to be one soon, said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

"I would be surprised if it has much in the way of public support, which would be the biggest obstacle, since I doubt the members of the Texas Legislature would take this matter up and pass it," Cornyn said.

There is no companion legislation in the Senate, but Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would join House colleagues in opposing similar measures.

Cornyn said he worries that decriminalization, medical usage and removing marijuana laws from federal enforcement is a slippery slope "where a similar attitude would be embraced with regards to other illegal drugs and dangerous substances."

Source: The Weed Blog on 2014 Texas Senate race , Jul 20, 2011

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