Every two years, at the Texas State Republican Party convention, some of the most “conservative” people in one of the craziest states on the map come together to pass an official party platform. In 2012, this much debated document included formal opposition to the “teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills” and “critical thinking skills” because they “focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”
Basically, we're talking about an environment where climate change doesn't exist and evolution “should be taught as challengeable scientific theory subject to change as new data is produced.”
So not exactly a hotbed of free thinking. But with medical marijuana, particularly for seriously ill children, becoming a hot-button issue nationally, the recent Texas GOP convention ended up embroiled in a turf war between more libertarian Republicans in favor of medical marijuana, and the social conservative wing of the party, which still adheres to Just Say No orthodoxy.
Last week, in the days leading up to this year's platform vote, medical cannabis supporters, led by Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, actually convinced the party's platform committee to add an amendment declaring that “Texans should have legal access to cannabis as a controlled narcotic prescribed by a physician.”
Naturally, that set off something of a shitstorm, and those opposed to letting cancer patients use cannabis quickly mobilized in opposition. Until Texas Republicans fairly quickly removed the offending language, which was aimed to prevent the federal government from getting between them and their doctors, and instead considered a version that would have urged “the Texas Legislature to allow, encourage and facilitate the study at our Texas medical schools the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis."
But ultimately, even that proved too controversial. And so the 2014 Texas GOP platform passed without any mention of medical marijuana.
“I don’t see what is so scary about research of a medicine,” Zoe Russell, Assistant Executive Director for RAMP told Breitbart News, after vowing to continue the fight. “I was actually kind of shocked that two physicians would argue, in a limited government party, for the federal government to limit their treatment options to their patients.”