Poll: Plurality of Texans want full legalization of marijuana

A new poll finds a plurality of Texans believe marijuana should be fully legalized.

The Emerson College poll released on Monday found 38 percent of Texas voters believe the substance should be fully legalized. Another 35 percent believe it should be legalized, but only for medical purposes.

Only 14 percent of people said marijuana should remain illegal in Texas.

"It looks like Texas is headed, at the very least, to medical marijuana in the near future," said Spencer Kimball, director of the Emerson poll.

While voters may want restrictions loosened or removed altogether, there is no pending legislation in the Texas Legislature that has a realistic chance of achieving any of the popular changes.

Support for altering Texas law varies depending on political affiliation, the poll finds.

54 percent of Texas Democrats say they support full legalization compared to just 22 percent of Republicans. 44 percent of Republicans say they'd support medical marijuana. Independents are split - 39 percent say they'd support full legalization and 35 percent support medical marijuana.

There's also an age gap, with 59 percent of voters ages 18-29 supporting full legalization compared to just 17 percent of voters aged 65-plus.

Emerson conducted the poll from April 25-28, with a margin of error of +/-5.3.