May 162016
 May 16, 2016

texas norml region conference marijuana cannabisI received the following alert out of Texas, which is very encouraging, especially considering that reform in Texas can only come via legislative action (Texas has no citizen initiative process):

Over the weekend in Dallas, the Republican Party of Texas convened for their state convention where, among other business, delegates adopted a platform to express their position on various political issues.

With support from 78% of delegates, the following is now the official position of the Texas GOP: “We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.”

Thanks to the work of dedicated Republican delegates who support marijuana law reform, the Texas GOP is now officially in support of medical marijuana!

Of course, this confirms what we already knew: Marijuana law reform is not a partisan issue. Texans of all political persuasions acknowledge that cannabis is medicine and support the reform of outdated policies. This move by Republican delegates affirms the integrity of the doctor/patient relationship by declaring that patients should have safe and legal access to medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it, consistent with another section of the platform which states, “Health care decisions…should be between a patient and health care professional and should be protected from government intrusion.”

While this new position does not change current state law, it does demonstrate that even the most conservative Texans agree: Cannabis should be accessible to patients. We can use this when discussing the issue with our legislators.

Please contact me if you’re interested in scheduling a meeting with your representative or senator to discuss marijuana law reform.

Heather Fazio
Texas Political Director
Marijuana Policy Project

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  10 Responses to “Texas GOP Supports Medical Marijuana”

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    Texas Republican legislators and the governor are already in defiance of public opinion, science, compassion and freedom. Let’s see if they add their own political party to the list.

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      Stop hating so much- this is a good thing. We should be encouraged. If they were willing to set bullshit politics aside for an important issue, why not you?

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        You call this hateful? I thought it was just stating the facts about the present, and being open minded about the future. If you think this is hateful, you should or should not check out my comments on lost souls like Cuomo and Krispie Kreme.

        “If they were willing to set bullshit politics aside for an important issue, why not you?”
        It’s the legislature and guvnor I’m criticizing for their death dealing ways, and until there is evidence that they have changed, they still deserve it. No language is too strong for their evil ways.

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        I think my first response will get posted.
        It’s the legislature and guvnor who need to set bullshit politics aside NOW, I’ll let up on them when they change their evil ways and let up on patients.
        Maybe you’d also like to tell me I shouldn’t hate Daesh (ISIS).
        Yes, with what we now know in 2016, I’m comparing diehard medical cannabis prohibs with sadistic terrorists. Who would you compare them to?

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    Texas GOP supports medical marijuana…..
    You mean they support the real thing?

    *Anyone could get a script
    *Patients can homegrow
    *All forms of pot, including smokables, pot candy and pot cookies allowed
    *Dispensaries on every corner

    If so I would be impressed. If not, it must be that CBD only garbage which is f*cking useless.

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      “We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.”
      That sounds like what we want for medical cannabis, doesn’t it? Doctors making the decision. Maybe down the road it will be an over the counter medicine, but that’s not in the cards for now. This sounds like a big blow to the diehard MMJ haters.

      High CBD, very low THC cannabis isn’t garbage, the problem is that it only works for some conditions.

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        well seeing is how they are still using the term “prescribed” that will kill anything regardless of what changes they make..

        unless they change the term to “recommend” like ALL OTHER MEDICAL MJ laws…nothing they do will matter because no doctor will put his ability to prescribe on the line…over MJ..and have it yanked for PRESCRIBING a schedule 1 substance in the eyes of the feds

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          That’s a good point. And I didn’t respond to Michael’s points about patients being able to grow their own, or the issue of what forms will be allowed. Overall though, it seems like a fairly big positive move.

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    I wonder how much of this is the result of Ann Lee’s work with RAMP?

    Good for her!

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    well seeing is how they wouldn’t even let RAMP into the convention…guess these GOP members were not around then…

    http://www.rampgop.org/2016/02/rpt-committee-denies-ramp-convention-booth/

    maybe these supposed GOP supporters need to have a little meeting with the “powers” that be….

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