Recently, state chapters of national political parties have used marijuana to advance their agenda by making marijuana legalization as part of their party platform. The Fresh Toast previously reported that Texas Republicans demonstrated a change of a heart toward cannabis this summer, supporting cannabis decriminalization and an expansion of the state’s extremely limited medical marijuana program.
Now, other state parties are doing the same. And Texas Republicans only have to look across the aisle to see the proof. Texas Democrats announced a broadening of their previous positive attitude toward marijuana legalization and decriminalization. The party announced their 2018 platform would include legalizing the recreational use and possession of marijuana.
The party formerly held views toward cannabis mirroring the new attitudes of Texas Republicans, chiefly including the immediate decriminalization of the drug and loosening of the restrictive Compassionate Use Act — the piece of legalization that legalized low-THC cannabinoid oil for Texas patients with intractable epilepsy.
Texas Democrats are going one step further as well, including marijuana in their conversations around health care. Here’s how the Texas Tribune summed it up: