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Crazy? Crazy Am I? Well Here’s To The Crazy Ones

Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition supporters rallying at the Pennsylvania State Capitol for passage of a medical cannabis bill.

I recently rewatched the tv show “Crazy Ones.” It was a one season series starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller as advertising execs. In the first episode, Geller explains the Apple “Think Different” campaign is what inspired her to follow her father’s footsteps in advertising.   If you have never watched it I highly […]

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The Familiar Face Of The Opiate Epidemic

Opioid Epidemic

My entire adult life I have volunteered in politics, which is odd. I do not come from a family that voted, as a matter of fact, I remember encouraging my mother to vote the first time. But sadly, that was the only time my mom was allowed to vote. She was about to become part […]

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Secret Committee Denies RAMP a Booth at GOP Convention Without Explanation

John Baucum, political director of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) working the RAMP booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

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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Texas Cannabis Hero Passes Away

Vincent Lopez, founder of the Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics, picture by DFW NORML

I am heartbroken to write that Vincent Lopez, one of the most courageous, committed, passionate, and loving cannabis activists in Texas (and the world) has passed away yesterday at the age of 42. Vincent suffered from Becker’s muscular dystrophy since childhood, and was confined to a wheelchair, but was the first volunteer in line to […]

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Time for marijuana policy reform in Texas

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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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RAMP Political Director elected Chairman of the Texas Young Republican Federation

John Baucum, RAMP's Political Director, is elected Chairman of the Texas Young Republican Federation

RAMP is extremely proud to announce two new positions held by our Political Director, John Baucum. First, John was appointed to the City of Houston Public Safety Advisory Committee by City Councilman Michael Kubosh, and approved by the full council and Mayor. The committee’s objective is “to provide a system of increased accountability and transparency […]

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Open Letter to Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman

By Kevin Quinn Spring woman claims constitutional violation in body cavity probe on HOUSTON (KTRK)

Update: Charges against Ms. Charnesia Corley of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana were dropped on August 14, 2015. Dear Sheriff Hickman, There is much to inquire about regarding an incident that occurred in the late evening of July 21 in Houston. A young woman was pulled over for a traffic violation, and, without consent, […]

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

Texas Capitol

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

Texas State Representative David Simpson

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

Committee room hearing for HB 507 taken by Representative Joe Moody from Moody's Facebook Page.

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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