LUBBOCK — The anticipated “green wave” that some citizens of Lubbock were looking forward to didn’t come to fruition this past Saturday. The city’s voters turned down Proposition A, a measure that sought to decriminalize minor amounts of marijuana. The proposition was dismissed by a notable 65% of the voters.

The proposed law aimed to direct Lubbock’s police force to cease arresting adults found with four ounces or less of marijuana in their possession.

Adam Hernandez, the representative for Lubbock Compact, the group spearheading the decriminalization push, attributed the failure of the proposition to inadequate voter turnout.

“We put a lot of effort into this, and had numerous volunteers,” Hernandez shared. “However, we just couldn’t rally enough voters to turn out.”

When questioned about the possibility of bringing up the issue again in the future, Hernandez stated, “Our priority moving forward will be to concentrate on voter education and increasing voter turnout.”

The initiative to halt certain minor marijuana-related arrests was launched by Lubbock Compact, a local advocacy group. The city council’s unanimous dismissal of the proposal sparked a grassroots campaign to bring the issue to the voters via a ballot.

This led to several weeks of political tension. Megachurches, state authorities, and law enforcement agencies voiced their opposition to the ballot initiative, labeling it as a threat to public safety.

There was a noticeable increase in interest in this year’s elections as evidenced by the early voting numbers. A total of 26,103 ballots were cast ahead of time, a significant increase from Lubbock’s previous municipal election. Including Saturday’s figures, around 35,216 people voted this year. Lubbock County has over 190,000 registered voters.

Texas has a history of resisting attempts to legalize recreational marijuana use or reduce penalties for minor possession. Since 2015, the state has permitted medical marijuana use through the Compassionate Use Program, which currently has about 69,000 Texans enrolled. However, lawmakers have drawn a clear boundary regarding recreational marijuana use and possession in Texas.

Ordinances similar to Proposition A have been approved by voters in Austin, Killeen, Denton, Elgin, and San Marcos. As a consequence, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed lawsuits against all five cities. Harker Heights, another city that passed a similar policy, declined to amend their enforcement guidelines.

Looks like Texans are going to have to continue their run to the border for cannabis…

Author: CannaMax