Category: Republican Support

Secret Committee Denies RAMP a Booth at GOP Convention Without Explanation

The Republican Party brands itself as representative of the grassroots, transparent, and in favor of limited government. Unfortunately, the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) failed to adhere to these standards with its recent rejection of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition’s booth at our state party convention in May. RAMP is led by dedicated and proven Republican […]

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Time for marijuana policy reform in Texas

Phillip Martin is deputy director for Progress Texas. Zoe Russell is assistant executive director of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition. Our groups are two of over 25 coalition members of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. Read our take on the 2015 Texas Legislative Session and our plans for 2017. Marijuana policy reform can improve public safety, […]

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In a hasty vote, Texas lawmakers show their (lack of) appetite for marijuana research

On a bill that passed the House of Representatives by a margin of 135 to 8 to study “the benefits of providing integrated care to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder,” few Texas Republicans would accept the premise of including marijuana as part of the study’s scope. A stream of Texas veterans has been pounding the […]

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Bill Ending Marijuana Prohibition in Texas Passes Criminal Jurisprudence Committee 5-2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin, TX – May 6, 2015 – Just yesterday marijuana advocates were celebrating a bill passing out of the Criminal Jurisprudence committee that would create a civil penalty for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Today, a bill to wipe the whole slate clean on marijuana prohibition advanced out of […]

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Texas Bill Eliminating Convictions for Pot Possession Clears House Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin, TX – May 5, 2015 – A bill reducing penalties for marijuana possession was given new life after being reconsidered and voted out of Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Monday evening in the Texas House. House Bill 507, filed by Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso), would create a civil penalty for possession of […]

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Three Republican Representatives Co-Author Key Marijuana Legislation in Texas

April 16, 2015 Austin, TX – Three Republican lawmakers, Representatives David Simpson (R-Longview), Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), and Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), signed on to co-author House Bill 507, filed by Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso), alongside another 33 Democratic co-authors and 2 Democratic authors. House Bill 507 would change 0-1 ounce of marijuana possession from a […]

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East Texas Republican Introduces Bill Abolishing Marijuana Prohibition

Austin, TX – March 2, 2015 – Texas State Representative David Simpson (R-7) introduced a bill Monday that would strike all language pertaining to marijuana from Texas Statutes, thus abolishing marijuana prohibition in the state. Representative Simpson’s HB 2165 harkens back to a time when government did not intervene in the control of marijuana. And […]

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RAMP Goes to Austin

Don Hooper I don’t remember when my mind began to change on the marijuana issue; but, I am confident that the Lee family (Ann Lee and Bob Lee) had something to do with it. I was extremely sad to learn of Bob’s recent passing. When my father passed away last year, Ann trimmed the obituary […]

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Conservative Political Action Conference Approves Pro-Marijuana Sponsors in 2015

February 27, 2015 – National Harbor, MD – Support for marijuana legalization continues to grow among Americans and earn bi-partisan support across the political spectrum. Just this week, new legalization laws went into effect in the red state of Alaska and the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., making it legal for adults 21 and older to […]

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RAMP Statement on the Filing of the Texas Compassionate Use Act

Houston, TX – Today in Texas, Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) filed SB 339 and Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth) filed HB 892, both relating to the medical use of low-THC cannabis. RAMP has the utmost respect for Representative Klick’s and Senator Eltife’s advocacy for patients with epilepsy to have access to safe medical marijuana when […]

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