My name is Hunter James White, and I am the Communications Director of the national Republican political organization, Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, or RAMP. We are a Non-Profit 501-c3 organization dedicated to the complete repeal of marijuana prohibition in all its forms. In this series of articles, my goal is simple: to share my challenges, experiences, and insights which I have gained from years of working to bring marijuana policy reform to the Republican Party.
For many in the United States, the Republican party seems like the last organization that would embrace pro-marijuana values. In the past decade, Republicans have become better known for their socially conservative views, faux-fiscal conservativism, and “tough on crime” stance toward criminal justice reform. However, these brief summarizations do not represent the intricate political, ideological, and philosophical beliefs that are covered under the broad tent of the Republican party. The Republican party is stitched together from numerous political ideologies, including Libertarians, Evangelicals, anarcho-capitalists, and moderates.
I happen to be a more Libertarian Republican, a rarity in the modern party, and it is with this ideological background that I came to RAMP. My home state is Texas, “The Lone Star State,” known for its love of guns, hatred of all things federal, and paradoxical relationship with the concept of liberty. In 2014, I graduated college and was in the process of applying to law school. I had been a supporter of marijuana reform since I smoked my first “joint” and realized that everything the