Texas Senator-elect Roland Gutierrez files bill to legalize marijuana in Texas
FILE – A piece of marijuana's bud is seen on June 20, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alberto Ortega/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (WOAI) – Texas Senator-elect Roland Gutierrez announced on Monday his intent to file a bill to legalize marijuana and medical marijuana in the state of Texas.

In a statement Gutierrez says cannabis could provide the state with an economic opportunity worth $3.2 billion.

"There is going to be a budget shortfall to affect all Texans next legislation session, however, I look forward to working with my colleagues to offer a real solution," stated Gutierrez. "This bill will generate new revenue and create at least 30,000 high paying jobs. Our state’s economic future is uncertain and in order to best serve our state, we have to look at cannabis legalization as a solution and not keep going back to the taxpayers and raise their taxes."

Gutierrez bill can be seen here.

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