Republicans Are the Key to Cannabis Legalization in Texas

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Republicans Are the Key to Cannabis Legalization in Texas(CSA-Archive/iStock)In Texas, no bill becomes law unless Republicans will it. But in Texas, Republicans ultimately determine the laws of the land. Other Republicans to author cannabis bills for the 2019 legislative session include state Rep. And as for the state’s limited medical marijuana program—which currently restricts low-THC cannabis only to people with intractable epilepsy—state Rep. Conventional wisdom is that Patrick is against legalization or decriminalization of cannabis in Texas.

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Republicans Are the Key to Cannabis Legalization in Texas

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In Texas, no bill becomes law unless Republicans will it. While that might sound like a death sentence for cannabis reform legislation, the party’s attitudes on the issue are evolving. The question remains, however: Is there enough GOP support to make real change during the 2019 legislative session?

It’s clear which direction attitudes toward cannabis are trending. The Texas Republican Party in 2018 amended its platform to include three separate cannabis planks: support for industrial hemp, decriminalization, and expansion of the state’s existing medical marijuana program, which critics say is needlessly restrictive.

When it comes to cannabis, the party might finally be ready for change.

“The people that go to the Republican state convention, they’re really hardcore Republicans,” said Hunter White, the communications director for the advocacy group Republicans Against...

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