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Texas Governor Candidate Beto O’Rourke Promises To Make Weed Legal

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Texas Governor Candidate Beto O’Rourke Promises To Legalize Marijuana As Soon As He Wins

Texas Governor candidate Beto O’Rourke promises to lagalize marijuana as soon as he emerges Governor of the state.

“When I’m governor, we will legalize marijuana & expunge the records of those arrested for marijuana possession, and we’ll use nearly $1 billion in new state revenue & reduced criminal justice costs to invest in public schools & teacher pay raises.”

Beto O’Rourke served as the U.S. representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district from 2013 to 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, O’Rourke was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2018 and for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, and is the Democratic nominee for the 2022 Texas gubernatorial election.

After being re-elected to the House in 2014 and 2016, O’Rourke declined to seek another term in 2018. Instead, he sought the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Ted Cruz, running a competitive campaign that drew national attention.

Despite losing the election to Cruz by a margin of 2.6%, O’Rourke set a record for most votes ever cast for a Democrat in a midterm election in Texas.

On March 14, 2019, O’Rourke announced his candidacy in the 2020 United States presidential election. He suspended his campaign on November 1, 2019, due to a lack of traction and financial issues. He later endorsed Joe Biden, following endorsements by Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg.

O’Rourke is the 2022 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, challenging incumbent governor Greg Abbott.

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