Texas Republican Party Adds Hemp Cultivation to Party Platform
The platform was approved after the party heard testimony from both sides of the issue at the 2014 Texas GOP Convention. Although the GOP’s Temporary Platform Committee voted in favor of an amendment also making the legalization of medical cannabis an official party platform, it unfortunately was voted down by the Permanent Platform Committee, which did, however, approve the platform of legalizing hemp.
The Texas Republican Party embracing hemp legalization is in stride with what’s been occurring across the nation, with traditionally conservative states like Kentucky and South Carolina voting in favor of legalizing the plant.
According to congressional research, the U.S. imports approximately half a billion dollars of hemp from other countries, while retaining the illegality of its cultivation.