Democratic Party Adopts Pro-Marijuana Platform Plank

Democratic Party Adopts Pro-Marijuana Platform Plank

On June 25, 2016, the Democratic National Committee approved a party platform plank that called for reform of the nation’s marijuana laws. The plank stopped short of endorsing full legalization, instead supporting each state’s right to choose decriminalization or legalization without federal interference.

“We believe that the states should be laboratories of democracy on the issue of marijuana, and those states that want to decriminalize marijuana should be able to do so,” the plank reads, as reported by “We support policies that will allow more research to be done on marijuana, as well as reforming our laws to allow legal marijuana businesses to exist without uncertainty.”

Although some members of the drafting committee were disappointed by the slightly ambiguous language, the full 187-member platform committee will have opportunities to amend the plank when it meets July 8-9 in Orlando, Florida, and July 25-28 in Philadelphia.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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