WHAT’S UP IN TEXAS?

Legal Status: Recreational cannabis and medical cannabis are both illegal. Low-THC cannabis oil is technically legal for patients with intractable epilepsy, but the law requires that doctors “prescribe” it (as opposed to “recommend” it), which puts them at risk of breaking federal law.

In The News: The Texas legislature only meets every two years, and the next session doesn’t take place until 2019, so cannabis policy won’t be addressed at the state level until then. However, cannabis has become an issue in the Senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O’Rourke.
Read more

WHERE DO TEXAS’ SENATORS STAND?

Sen. John Cornyn - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • 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.” (2015)
  • Received an F grade from NORML. (2016)

Sen. Ted Cruz - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “Personally, I would vote against marijuana legalization. If the state of Texas had a referendum on it, I would vote no. But I think it is the prerogative of the states to make that determination. I think the people of Colorado have the right to make the decision that they’ve made under the Constitution, and as president I would respect that right.” (2016)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2016)

WHERE DO TEXAS’ REPRESENTATIVES STAND?

Rep. Louie Gohmert Jr. (TX-1) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 1st district covers the following counties:

Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Upshurt (partial), Wood (partial)

 

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX-2) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told Vote Smart he does not support legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. (2018)

 

Texas’ 2nd district covers the following counties:

Harris (partial)

 

Rep. Van Taylor (TX-3) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Said marijuana legalization has led to an increase in opioid overdoses in numerous states. (2018)
  • Voted against creating a medical cannabis program in Texas. (2015)
  • Received an F grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Texas’ 3rd district covers the following counties:

Collin (partial)

 

Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-4) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of CBD.
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 4th district covers the following counties:

Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Titus, Collin (partial), Upshur (partial)

 

Rep. Lance Gooden (TX-5) - R

1 Supports 4 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “I have not heard from people across the district that this is a priority issue. I don’t believe that the average conservative Republican primary voter in Henderson County is ready for the full-on legalization of marijuana. If I’m going door to door over the next five months and I find out otherwise, we can revisit it.” (2017)
  • Co-authored a bill to create a medical cannabis program in Texas. (2017)
  • Received an F grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Texas’ 5th district covers the following counties:

Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Kaufman, Van Zandt, Dallas (partial), Wood (partial)

 

Rep. Ron Wright (TX-6) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Received an F grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Texas’ 6th district covers the following counties:

Ellis, Navarro, Tarrant (partial)

 

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (TX-7) - D

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Said more study is needed before marijuana is legalized. (2018)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Texas’ 7th district covers the following counties:

Harris (partial)

 

Rep. Kevin Brady (TX-8) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 8th district covers the following counties:

Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Harris (partial), Leon (partial)

 

Rep. Al Green (TX-9) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 9th district covers the following counties:

Harris (partial), Fort Bend (partial)

 

Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 10th district covers the following counties:

Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Waller, Washington, Bastrop (partial), Harris (partial), Lee (partial), Travis (partial)

 

Rep. Michael Conaway (TX-11) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 11th district covers the following counties:

Andrews, Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Dawson, Eastland, Ector, Glasscock, Hood, Irion, Kimble, Llano, Margin, Mason, McCullock, Menard, Midland, Mills, Mitchell, Palo Pinto, Runnels, San Saba, Sterling, Tom Green, Erath (partial), Stephens (partial)

 

Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 12th district covers the following counties:

Parker, Tarrant (partial), Wise (partial)

 

Rep. William Thornberry (TX-13) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 13th district covers the following counties:

Archer, Armstrong, Baylor, Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Clay, Collingsworth, Cooke, Cottle, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Foard, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Jack, King, Knox, Lipscomb, Montague, Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher, Wheeler, Wichita, Wilbarger, Floyd (partial), Wise (partial)

 

Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 14th district covers the following counties:

Galveston, Jefferson, Brazoria (partial), Chambers (partial)

 

Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) - D

1 Supports 4 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.  
  • Said he opposes marijuana legalization. (2016)

 

Texas’ 15th district covers the following counties:

Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Karnes, Live Oak, Guadalupe (partial), Hidalgo (partial), Wilson (partial)

 

Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told Vote Smart she supports the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. (2018)
  • Said she supports the legalization of marijuana in NAFTA countries. (2018)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Texas’ 16th district covers the following counties:

El Paso (partial)

 

Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 17th district covers the following counties:

Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Freestone, Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Robertson, Bastrop (partial), Lee (partial), Leon (partial), Travis (partial)

 

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.  
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 18th district covers the following counties:

Harris (partial)

 

Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told an American Family Association survey he strongly opposes legalizing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. (2016)

 

Texas’ 19th district covers the following counties:

Bailey, Border, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Fisher, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Haskell, Hockley, Howard, Jones, Kent, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Nolan, Parmer, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall, Taylor, Terry Throckmorton, Yoakum, Young, Floyd (partial), Stephens (partial)

 

Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.  
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 20th district covers the following counties:

Bexar (partial)

 

Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told NORMLI support the Trump administration’s stance on federalism,” but would not commit to supporting a bill that would allow states to set their own cannabis policy. (2018)
  • Received an F grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Texas’ 21st district covers the following counties:

Bandera, Blanco, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Real, Bexar (partial), Comal (partial), Hays (partial), Travis (partial)

 

Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received an D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 22nd district covers the following counties:

Ford Bend (partial), Harris (partial), Brazoria (partial)

 

Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 23rd district covers the following counties:

Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler, Zavala, Bexar (partial), El Paso (partial), La Salle (partial)

 

Rep. Kenny Marchant (TX-24) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received an D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 24th district covers the following counties:

Tarrant (partial), Denton (partial), Dallas (partial)

 

Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received an D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 25th district covers the following counties:

Bosque, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, Hill, Johnson, Lampasas, Somervell, Bell (partial), Erath (partial), Hays (partial), Tarrant (partial), Travis (partial)

 

Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received an D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 26th district covers the following counties:

Dallas (partial), Denton (partial), Tarrant (partial)

 

Rep. Michael Cloud (TX-27) - D

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Told Vote Smart he does not support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, but added that, “legalization of marijuana is a state issue, and I would not vote to dictate drug policy to states at the federal level.”

Texas’ 27th district covers the following counties:

Aransas, Calhoun, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, Victoria, Wharton, Bastrop (partial), Caldwell (partial), Gonzales (partial), San Patricio (partial)

 

Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) - D

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received an D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 28th district covers the following counties:

Atascosa, McMullen, Starr, Webb, Zapata, Bexar (partial), Hidalgo (partial), La Salle (partial), Wilson (partial)

 

Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) - D

1 Supports 4 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of a bill to allow “low THC” medical cannabis in Texas. (2015)
  • Told Vote Smart she does not support the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes, but does support legalizing medical cannabis. (2018)
  • Received a B- from NORML. (2018)

 

Texas’ 29th district covers the following counties:

Harris (partial)

 

Rep. Eddie Johnson (TX-30) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 30th district covers the following counties:

Dallas (partial)

 

Rep. John Carter (TX-31) - R

1 Supports 4 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received an C grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 31st district covers the following counties:

Williamson, Bell (partial)

 

Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32) - D

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Tweeted: “It is unfortunate that Pete Sessions refuses to acknowledge that medical marijuana can help our veterans coming back from war who are struggling with PTSD and chronic pain.” (2018)
  • Quote: “I support the use of medical marijuana as an alternative to the habit forming opioids that have become a national crisis and other doctor-approved treatments for those suffering from glaucoma and other chronic pain illnesses. This common sense approach to alternative treatments has been opposed by Congressman Sessions, and is something I will fight to expand. Congressman Sessions’ attempts to block legislation like the Veterans Equal Access amendment is tragic. There are veterans who are suffering from PTSD and other combat injuries and could benefit from medical marijuana right now. They want it, their doctors want to prescribe it, and Congressman Sessions is standing in the way. His outdated views on the war on drugs are frozen in the 1980s. While doctors, counselors and law enforcement have come to understand that we must fight drug addiction through treatment and prevention, Congressman Sessions would rather fill our prisons with non-violent drug offenders at enormous cost. We need a smarter, more effective approach.” (2018)
  • Received a B+ grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Texas’ 32nd district covers the following counties:

Dallas (partial), Collin (partial)

 

Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities that have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 33rd district covers the following counties:

Dallas (partial), Tarrant (partial)

 

Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34) - D

3 Supports 2 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 34th district covers the following counties:

Bee, Cameron, DeWitt, Goliad, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Willacy, Gonzales (partial), Hidalgo (partial), San Patricio (partial)

 

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 35th district covers the following counties:

Guadalupe (partial), Travis (partial), Hayes (partial), Caldwell (partial), Comal (partial), Bexar (partial)

 

Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

Show More Info

  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Texas’ 36th district covers the following counties:

Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, Tyler, Chambers (partial), Harris (partial)

 

WHERE DOES TEXAS' GOVERNOR STAND?

Gov. Greg Abbott - R

Show More Info

  • Opposes the legalization of cannabis in Texas.
  • Quote: “We have the opportunity here in Texas to observe what is going on in Colorado and I’ve got to tell you, there are some potential upsides, but there have also been demonstrated some potential downsides to the marijuana use practices in Colorado, in California, in Washington and elsewhere. With Texas, we’ll continue to observe both upsides and downsides and make decisions in the future based on upon our assessments at the time…. I have observed in California where it was used for medicinal purposes before it was allowed for recreational purposes, and when it was used for medicinal purposes in California, what they did is they set up pop-up tents up and down the beach. And anybody could go get it. So just because it’s used for quote, ‘medicinal purposes’, doesn’t really mean that it would be limited to that because of the way doctors would use it, they would provide medicinal permission slips for anyone who wanted it. And so don’t think that just because it’s for quote ‘medicinal purposes’, it would be limited to such.” (2017)
  • Signed a bill to legalize the use and possession of CBD for the purpose of treating seizures. (2015)
  • Quote: “I remain convinced that Texas should not legalize marijuana nor should Texas open the door for conventional marijuana to be used for medical or medicinal purposes. As governor I will not allow it.” (2015)

Take Action in Texas

Connect with a NORML chapter in Texas

CLICK HERE

Connect with an Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter in Texas

CLICK HERE

Connect with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy

CLICK HERE

Register to Vote in Texas

Your vote can help influence cannabis policy! Register now to make sure your voice is heard.