The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (“LPWV”) today endorsed passage of S.B. 640, a bi-partisan measure allowing the use of marijuana to ease medical pain and suffering. “This bill is a positive step, admittedly a small step, in the direction of reform of marijuana laws,” says Michael Wilson, the chair of the LPWV. “We urge the State Senate and House of Delegates to act favorably on this legislation and add West Virginia to the growing number of states allowing their citizens greater personal and medical liberty.”
“In our political outreach at fairs and festivals and in the feedback from our candidates for elective office,” Wilson observed, “public sentiment is far ahead of our politicians and so-called representatives on this issue.” Allowing the use of marijuana in the circumstances of physical pain and the many debilitating side-effects of disease and medical treatments is not only humane but more consistent with American principles of personal liberty, added Wilson.
“If our state motto is ‘Montani Semper Liberi,’ then let’s focus on the ‘Liberi’ heart of that slogan and finally begin the process of reform of our draconian and outdated laws on marijuana,” he urged.
“The Libertarian Party favors the full legalization of marijuana. This limited legalization of marijuana for medical reasons nevertheless moves public policy in the right direction in the Mountain State and so our political party wholeheartedly endorse S.B. 640,” Wilson stated. Candidates of the Libertarian Party in this year’s elections are anticipated to make continued reform of marijuana laws a part of their campaign platforms.
The Libertarian Party supports free-market, limited government as well as personal liberties. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV) will hold its state nominating convention on Saturday, May 7, at the Sutton Days Inn and Conference Center in Flatwoods. The LPWV intends to nominate a full slate of candidates for the six statewide races in West Virginia this year as well as candidates for Congressional and state legislative office.