New Texas Republican Party Platform Opposes Marijuana Legalization But Backs Federal Cannabis Rescheduling

New Texas Republican Party Platform Opposes Marijuana Legalization But Backs Federal Cannabis Rescheduling
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The Texas Republican Party has adopted a platform plank opposing the legalization of marijuana, even as polling shows that voters in the state are supporting the policy change on an increasingly bipartisan basis. The legalization position was one of several cannabis and drug policy measures taken up by delegates at the party’s biennial state convention over the weekend. Members also advanced planks opposing harm reduction policies like syringe exchange programs, encouraging “faith-based rehabilitation” for substance misuse, mandating drug testing for welfare recipients and designating drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Two modest reforms being supported in the platform, however, are the federal rescheduling marijuana from Schedule I to II and reducing regulations on hemp. But the anti-legalization plank is probably the most notable of the newly adopted measures, and advocates are frustrated about the decision to support a position that runs counter to bipartisan public opinion on the issue. Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate with a longstanding record of supporting drug policy reform in the Lone Star state and in Congress, criticized the GOP organization over its embrace of restrictive social policies, including cannabis criminalization. The Texas GOP just voted to endorse Abbott's extreme agenda to: Abolish abortionDefund public schoolsTake away health care Repeal gun lawsDeny voting rights Reject marijuana legalization We won’t allow Greg Abbott’s Texas to be our future. — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) June 20, 2022 The delegates’ votes on the issues still need to be formally certified by the party, but the expectation is that ongoing cannabis prohibition will, for the time being at least, be the official stance of the Texas GOP. Separate party measures that were adopted at the convention on LGBTQ rights, abortion access and calling into question the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, meanwhile, have become a source of national controversy. “Just…

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