Zoe Russell

Despite leadership with deep ties to the Republican Party of Texas (RPT), a secret committee has denied the group Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP) a booth at the state convention this year.

Sheriff Will Travis of Denton County debated two representatives of marijuana policy organizations earlier this week, resulting in crushing defeat.

Houston NORML hosted an event on Thursday which featured speakers and a panel discussion from several political backgrounds, which was all broadcast on public access television. The groups involved included Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Houston Young Republicans (HYR), Harris County Young Democrats (HCYD), and the Harris County Libertarian Party (HCLP).

A non-profit group in Houston dedicated to changing marijuana laws in Texas will have their event televised. In what is likely a first, Houston NORML’s event entitled ‘Reforming Marijuana Laws Through Political Activism’ will be aired on public access television from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This past weekend at an event hosted by the Republican Party of Texas Grassroots Club, Senator Ted Cruz was on hand to speak to a group of supporters. The subject of medical marijuana and gun rights was brought up.

Democratic candidate Kim Ogg, who is running for Harris County’s District Attorney seat in Houston is calling for a new way to handle low level marijuana cases.