Texas Republican Party Backs Decriminalization Of Marijuana
The Texas Republican Party Convention has wrapped up and the delegates have approved a platform that, among other things, endorses the decriminalization of marijuana.
The vote comes after President Trump signaled his probable support of a Senate bill that would allow states to implement laws on marijuana.
According to Forbes, four planks in the Republican Party Platform approved by Texas delegates on Saturday target marijuana.
"We support a change in the law to make it a civil, and not a criminal, offense for legal adults only to possess one ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, punishable by a fine of up to $100, but without jail time," reads one of the party's new positions.
"Congress should remove cannabis from the list of Schedule 1," says another.
A third asks lawmakers to expand an existing state law that provides patients with limited access to low-THC medical cannabis extracts so that doctors can "determine the appropriate use of cannabis to certified patients."
And a fourth says industrial hemp is a "a valuable agricultural commodity."
A poll in April found that 61% of Texas voters support legalizing recreational marijuana.