As the national opinion over marijuana shifts, various state political parties opt for different platform planks. These planks offer a list of various measures the party seeks to pursue. It helps inform their peers and constituents know their political trajectories while in power.
Marijuana Moment reports on the new plank adopted by Texas Republicans that remains firm on Texas prohibition alongside schedule declassification.
Opposition and support
Texas polling reveals that marijuana legalization has more bipartisan support than ever. However, the GOP plank insists on a platform opposing it. They remain staunchly in favor of a zero-tolerance policy for drug distribution. This includes reclassifying drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
However, they support the federal declassification of marijuana — asking Congress to shift cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 drugs to the list of Schedule 2 substances. They also support offering drug treatment opportunities while it remains illegal.
Another position in the plank includes random drug tests for welfare recipients. The GOP supports deregulation of the overall hemp industry as an agricultural commodity.
Current marijuana law in Texas
This plank helps forecast what may come down the road in Texas legislation. Though there is no knowing when policymakers may propose legislation that aligns with it. In the meantime, it is important to know current marijuana laws and the best strategies to defend against drug charges.
Current penalties involve misdemeanors for possessing up to four ounces or selling less than a quarter ounce. It is a felony for any higher. Each of these charges affects a person’s present and future and a proper defense may help against those effects.