Category: State Efforts

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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RAMP Political Director Interviewed in Dallas Morning News about the GOP and Pot

Reporter Rodger Jones questions RAMP Political Director John Baucum about how Republicans feel about marijuana. They discuss Rick Perry, law enforcement, and the possibilities of a bill passing in Texas. Read the full interview here.

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Message from President of Newly-Formed North Carolina RAMP, Major (R) David Hargitt Sr.

Guest Post by Major (R) David Hargitt Sr., President of North Carolina RAMP I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Dave Hargitt, I am the founding President and Board Chairman of North Carolina Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition. Other than the three years I attended Purdue University, a year in Korea, and two years at […]

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Shem Kellogg, Republican running for State Representative in New Hampshire, supports repeal of marijuana prohibition

Shem Kellogg is running for State Representative to serve Atkinson and Plaistow (Rockingham 14). Shem is the chair of his Republican Town Committee. He is an elected member of his town planning board and an appointed member of his regional planning commission. He is a Son of the American Revolution and active in his community […]

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Why Republican Ron Gold, Candidate for California AG, Supports Marijuana Legalization

Ron Gold, the Republican candidate for Attorney General in California, answered several questions about marijuana legalization in an interview with RAMP. His Democratic opponent, Attorney General Kamala Harris, did not support Prop 19, the 2010 effort to legalize recreational marijuana in California that narrowly lost. Brian Brokaw, a spokesman for Harris told KCRA in August, […]

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Pennsylvania Senate overwhelmingly approves medical marijuana bill; unclear path through House

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act (Senate Bill 1182) would permit Pennsylvanian doctors to prescribe extracted oil, edible products, ointments and vaporization to patients with certain debilitating medical conditions. Introduced by Republican State Senator Michael Folmer, the bill passed in the Senate last week 43-7, and awaits consideration in the Republican led House. Unfortunately […]

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Republican Party of Florida Tables Marijuana Resolution in Closed Meeting

The Republican Party of Florida Executive Committee decided to table the issue of medical marijuana rather than take a side at their Summer 2014 Quarterly Meeting, Sept. 12-13 in Lake Buena Vista, FL. A resolution was advanced for the RPOF to officially oppose Amendment 2, legalizing medical marijuana, on the November ballot. In a 20-13 […]

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Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas Says Leave Marijuana Policy to the States

Republican Senator Pat Roberts took on his challenger, independent Greg Orman, in a rowdy debate at the Kansas State Fair on Saturday, September 6. The 78-year-old Senator is running to maintain his seat for a fourth term in a three-way race, with the Democratic candidate attempting to drop his name from the ballot. In the […]

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Sheriff Joe DiSalvo of Pitkin County, Colorado, discusses recreational marijuana

In this interview, Sheriff Joe DiSalvo of Pitkin County, Colorado, answers what everyone wants to know about law enforcement after legal marijuana, including: Are people smoking marijuana in public? Are young people getting hold of legal, recreational marijuana? What is going on with edibles? Are marijuana shops being burglarized or contributing to crime? Are there […]

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Rice University’s Baker Institute and Texas Monthly host panel discussion on medical marijuana and PTSD

Dr. William Martin, Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute, participated in a panel discussion with State Senator Joan Huffman, Dr. Neeraj Shah, Maj. (Ret.) David Bass, and moderated by Brian Sweany, senior executive editor of Texas Monthly. The topic was pulled from the pages of the June issue of […]

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