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Race to Watch: Texas

Voters all over the United States will make their voices heard at the ballot box on November 6. The battle for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate come down to just a few competitive races, so it’s more important than ever for cannabis professionals to be informed about the views of key candidates running for office. NCIA has compiled information about candidates running in 25 competitive races for the House of Representatives and three for the Senate that we consider uniquely important to the cannabis industry due to their views on marijuana policy and/or their geographic location.

House Races

District

32

According to SwingLeft.org, in the last election, Republican Pete Sessions ran in this district unopposed. But Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in TX-32 by 1.9%. Now Democrat Colin Allred, a civil rights attorney and former NFL linebacker, is running against him. Rep. Sessions has been one of the staunchest opponents to marijuana in Congress- as the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, he has blocked dozens of cannabis related amendments from even being considered. Allred responded to an NCIA candidate survey and wrote, "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 His outdated views on the war on drugs are frozen in the 1980s.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."

Incumbent

Republican

Pete Sessions

Website

Candidate

Democrat

Colin Allred

Website
NCIA-PAC Recipient

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

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Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

Making marijuana legal for patients with certain medical conditions;Allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies;Legalizing of non-psychoactive hemp for industrial, food, and medical products;Making medical cannabis an option for veterans in the VA system

Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

None

Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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.

Senate Races

In Texas, freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is running for re-election against Rep. Beto O'Rourke. Rep. O'Rourke has voted to protect CBD, medical and adult-use cannabis programs, veterans access, hemp, and banks that choose to service the cannabis industry, and is also a cosponsor of HR 2215, the SAFE Banking Act, and HR 1810, the Small Business Tax Equity Act. Rep. O'Rourke has also been incredibly vocal about his support for cannabis on the campaign trail, and the importance of this issue as a way to reform our criminal justice system. Sen. Cruz has taken a decidedly federalist approach to marijuana, saying that while he personally wouldn’t vote for any state referendum to legalize cannabis, he believes that it’s the “prerogative” of voters to decide on the issue at the state level without federal interference.

Incumbent

Republican

Ted Cruz

Website

Candidate

Democrat

Beto O'Rourke

Website

Ted Cruz

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Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

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Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

N/A

Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

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Beto O'Rourke

Grade:

N/A

Public support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high with 63% of voters supporting legalizing marijuana for adults and over 90% supporting legal access to cannabis for medical use. If elected to the 116th Congress, what federal legislation would you support relating to cannabis?

N/A

Does this candidate have a voting record on cannabis issues from a previously-held office? If so, please describe:

N/A

Is there any other information we should know about the candidate and their views on cannabis policy? If so, please describe:

N/A