At first glance it may appear as though Friedman is either joking or has lost his senses. But it is important to note that while the majority, if not all, of the other candidates for agriculture commissioner disagree with Friedman's ideas about the legalization issue, there has been a great deal of open talk on the Texas political front that brings the question into the spotlight.

For instance, Republican Gov. Rick Perry, addressing the World Economics Forum in Davos, Switzerland, recently said that he signed laws putting the state on the path to decriminalization and suggested that all states have the right to decide how to handle the marijuana issue, according to the U.S. 10th Amendment.

In addition, Democratic candidate for Governor, Wendy Davis, recently suggested it may be time to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize its recreational use.

Friedman says he realizes his idea is "out there." But he suggested it is just a matter of time before other states follow the lead of Colorado and Washington and if action isn't taken soon, "Texas will be the dinosaur dragged in by the tail."

Critics, of course, point out that it has been a number of years since any Democrat has been elected to the executive branch of state government in Texas, but even the most critical admit there may be openings for Democratic candidates in a year when making progress against growing problems could bring relief to those suffering from the status quo state government.


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