Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition to meet in Houston
Marijuana legalization enjoys wide ranging support in Texas, even in the Republican Party. Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition seeks to change their fellow party member’s minds when it comes to cannabis laws.
Founded by Ann Lee, the non-profit group seeks to reform marijuana laws by working within the GOP to educate and connect with lawmakers, party leadership, and grassroots activists.
From the group’s website:
We are the voice for all Republicans who oppose the inhumane and unjust practice of imprisoning people for using a plant. We support efforts to bring marijuana out of the black-market and into safe, legal, and regulated use by doctors for compassionate medical care and storefronts for adult recreational use.
RAMP rejects the myth that in supporting prohibition, Conservatives are promoting law and order. We wish to change the laws of prohibition that have caused so much harm to those things Conservatives value most, namely individual responsibility, limited government, fiscal responsibility, compassion, and privacy.
Lee was originally opposed to marijuana use or legalization in any form, once believing that it was a dangerous gateway drug. After her son Richard was injured in a workplace accident which placed him in a wheelchair, they found that marijuana was a safe and reliable way to relieve the severe pain from his nerve damage.
For over 15 years, Richard Lee has used marijuana responsibly, built several businesses, and has been called a prominent citizen of Oakland, California by a member of Oakland’s city council. Richard’s medical use led Ann to activism on the issue.
It wasn’t until a NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) National Conference in Los Angeles in October 2012 that RAMP was conceived. Ann was asked to fill in on a panel, and it was discovered that three of the five panel members were Republicans. The Lees have long believed that prohibition is in direct opposition to the basic Republican policies of smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and less intrusion in your personal life.
RAMP seeks to legalize marijuana medicinally and recreationally, and also wants to legalize industrial hemp. The group also seeks decriminalization as a step where possible as well.
They will be holding their inaugural meeting in Houston on Saturday, March 15 and are inviting everyone to attend.
There will be a panel discussion which will include former DHS agent Terry Nelson, who is also a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (http://www.leap.cc/), Dr. Richard Evans with the Texas Cancer Center, and Judge John Delaney.
The location for the meeting will be King Street Patriots which is located at 7232 Wynnwood Ln. It will begin at noon and end at 4:00 p.m.
Visit the group’s website (http://www.rampgop.org) for more details regarding their position on marijuana and their plans for involvement within the Republican Party. You can also visit the event page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/595559810527364/) for this meeting.
By: Stephen Carter
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