Texas voters favor legalizing marijuana for adults -- that's according to a new poll released on Tuesday.
The Marijuana Policy Project asked Texas voters their opinion in a landline phone poll conducted in late September.
Fifty-eight percent of people said they support full legalization. Thirty-eight percent said pot should stay illegal.
Two bills to loosen Texas marijuana laws failed in the last legislative session, but pollsters suggest that recent marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington shows regulating the drug like alcohol is more effective than prohibition.
"This notion of comparing marijuana to alcohol is very useful,” said Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project. “As it turns out, Texas voters are ready for that kind of change."
The poll of 860 randomly selected Texas voters also shows more than 60 percent favor decriminalization of marijuana. Under current state law, any possession is punishable by fines or jail time.