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Grand Old Party at Hempfest 2013

That’s right, the party that brought you the “War on Drugs” is coming to Myrtle Edwards Park for the August festival. The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) will have a booth at Hempfest in a demonstration of their support for personal liberties and limited government intrusion.

Recently, Republican lawmakers such as Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI), along with bipartisan cosponsors, introduced the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act” in the House of Representatives. This bill would keep “the federal government out of the business of criminalizing marijuana activities in states that don’t want it to be criminal” said Rohrabacher.

According to King County RLC Chairman, Matt Dubin, “We affirm the principles that individuals rights and liberties are unlimited, as specified in in the 9th Amendment. No law should deny, disparage or restrict the right of every person to . . . possession of substances . . .” and “[the RLC presence at Hempfest] is a celebration of the Constitution and an affirmation of the rights of the people and of the states under the 9th and 10th amendments.”

Every day more Republicans are adopting the RLC position against federal marijuana prohibition, which violates the Constitution and infringes on individual liberty.

As Congresswoman Rohrabacher has stated, “I don’t believe that you protect people by throwing them in cages,” adding, “For us to be taking people for smoking a weed and putting them in prison or jail for that is a travesty. It’s against everything our founding fathers believed in and somehow we got away from that.”

With the more libertarian leaning members of the Republican party gaining influence over the direction of the GOP, Hempfest is a perfect fit for this revived brand of conservatism that puts civil liberties and limited government at the forefront of the cause.

So come on down to the RLC booth in August and enjoy the party.


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