The Republican National Committee (RNC) has officially decided that the party will not support medical marijuana or ending the drug war as part of it official 2016 campaign platform. But it plans to get behind some rather ridiculous ideals ranging from Trump’s wall dividing the United States and Mexico to declaring pornography a “public health crisis.”
With less than a week to go before the Republican Party gathers for its national convention, the RNC has voted against endorsing the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes and putting an end to the failed war on drugs.
On Monday, a number of delegates fighting for an ultra-conservative platform stood up in opposition of giving state’s the right to legalize non-smokeable, non-intoxicating marijuana products for a variety of health conditions.
The modest language of the measure, which was brought to the table by Maine delegate Eric Brakey, simply suggested that Republicans should back the concept of allowing seriously ill children to use cannabis oil when no other medication has proven effective.
The issue launched a full-blown fight in the middle of the Cleveland debate, with several delegates reaching into a modern day bag of reefer madness to contest the inclusion of anything marijuana-related on the Party’s official platform.
One delegate from Utah argued that there was not enough scientific evidence available to show cannabis has any medical value, whatsoever, while she also suggested that studies have shown that consuming marijuana leads to an increased risk of serious health issues.
Another representative gunning for the conservative side suggested that all of the violence happening across the nation is at the hands of young people who use marijuana. The California delegate testified before the committee that, “All of the mass killings that have taken place, they’re young boys from divorced families and they’re all smoking pot.”
Other delegates fought against medical marijuana because of concerns that weed is a gateway drug contributing to the plague of heroin abuse that has erupted across the nation over the past several years. However, some of the pro-pot delegates in the room argued that the older Republicans were simply basing their ideas on cannabis oil on “Cheech and Chong” ideologies.
“It’s the opiates that they’re on, is what’s causing all the shooters, and the addictions and the overdoses,” said Dale Jackson, a delegate from Georgia. “Not cannabis. But that’s FDA approved, so they’re okay with that.”
Despite the tooth-and-nail-fight to get some of the more conservative party members on board with a semi-pro-pot position, the Brakey’s amendment was ultimately voted down by the Platform Committee.
“I knew that this issue was a long shot,” Jackson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Traditionally speaking, the RNC tends to be behind the general public and public sentiment. I was prepared for the failure of the amendment.”
The Republicans had a chance redeem itself on the medical marijuana issue by siding with a proposal aimed at acknowledging “the social and economic costs of the failure of drug prohibition.” But that proposal was rejected, as well.
So while the Republican Party will is against allowing children to have access to non-intoxicating cannabis oil that has been proven to effectively control the plight of seizure disorders, the RNC has moved in favor of including, in the Party’s official platform, presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s lunatic concept of building a wall along the U.S. Mexico border.
On Tuesday, the RNC committee voted in favor of a measure aimed at creating a “border wall” that shelters “the entirety of the Southern Border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.” Although the proposal must be approved by the full RNC before it becomes an official part of the Republican position, it is expected to pass next week since not a single committee member contested the language.
On the flipside, the Democratic Party announced this week that it would support “a pathway to legalization.”
“Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization,” reads the DNC’s official stance on marijuana.