Beto says, "when I'm Governor, we will finally legalize marijuana in Texas"

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When I’m governor, we will finally legalize marijuana in Texas and expunge the records of those arrested for marijuana possession. Beto O'Rourke

Democrat nominee for Texas Governor, Beto O'Rourke, took to Twitter today to reinforce his position on legalizing marijuana.

It seems that most Texans support Beto's stance on legalizing marijuana

A recent Dallas Morning News-University of Texas at Tyler poll released today shows that 55% of Texans either support or strongly support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.

The poll also showed that 72% of Texans support marijuana for medical use.

If legalized, it could add almost $1 billion a year in revenue, according to Beto O'Rourke.

"We are going to legalize marijuana in Texas while generating nearly $1 billion a year in new revenue and savings." Beto O'Rourke

Current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that he won't be legalizing the drug in Texas but will reduce the criminal penalty for marijuana possession to a Class C misdemeanor.

We don’t need to be stockpiling in our jails and prisons will people who are arrested for minor possession allegations.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Currently, nineteen states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana possession. Will Texas be the next to join the list?

Your thoughts

Readers, do you agree with Beto that marijuana should be legalized in Texas? Or do you prefer Abbott's stance on marijuana? Where do you believe the additional $1 billion in state revenue should be directed?

Please leave your opinion in the comments below and share this article with others so they can join the debate.

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