Texas Republican Party Strikes Medical Marijuana Issue from Platform

The Texas Republican Party will not formally support the use of medical marijuana. In fact, it struck the issue from its party platform altogether.

Delegates at the state convention in Fort Worth voted to end the debate on the topic after just a few minutes. They then overwhelmingly voted down a last-minute attempt to add a legalization plank to the platform.

Supporters of medical marijuana made emotional statements arguing that patients suffering from certain diseases could benefit from the treatment. Opponents maintained that legalizing marijuana for medical use would lead to legalization for recreational use.

Delegates also voted to remove language urging the legislature to study the use of cannabis for medical purposes.