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"I'd Legalize Marijuana!" Kinky Seeks Ag Commissioner Post

 

  Humorist, cigar salesman, mystery writer, and perennial Texas candidate Kinky Friedman has thrown his black felt cowboy hat into the ring for the Democratic nomination for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, and he says his campaign will have one theme.

 

  Legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Texas.

 

  Friedman tells 1200 WOAI's Michael Board that legalization has worked well for Colorado and Washington, which voted in favor of it last year.

 

  "I am certainly hearing from a lot of friends in Colorado that their property taxes and their state and local taxes are going down," Friedman said.

 

  Friedman ran as an independent for governor in 2006 and sought the Democratic nomination for Agriculture Commissioner in 2010.  Friedman says he was considering another run for governor, until State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) decided to get into the race.

 

  Friedman says the taxes that would be collected from legalized marijuana would be used to close the funding gap which exists in education.

 

  "All the candidates talk about education, yet we remain 48th in education funding," he said.  "I'm the only candidate telling you how we fund it."

 

  Three Republicans have announced their candidacy for Agriculture Commissioner, but Friedman is the only Democrat in the race.  Incumbent Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, a Republican, is running for Lieutenant Governor.

 

  "Legalizing marijuana would suddenly catapult Texas to leadership in America, and it would take the wind out of the sails of the drug cartels," he said.

 

  A recent poll by a pro-legalization organization showed that 58% of Texans support the legalization and taxing of small amounts of marijuana.  But there is no effort in the legislature to legalize pot.

 

 

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