Democratic Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization in Platform Draft

Democratic Party Calls for Marijuana Legalization in Platform Draft

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On July 9, 2016, the Democratic Party endorsed an amendment in its party platform  for the removal of marijuana from the list of Schedule I narcotics in the Controlled Substances Act, as well as providing a path for the federal legalization of marijuana.

In a previous meeting, the Democratic Party had adopted a more ambiguous stance on marijuana and called for more research and freedom for states to choose decriminalization or legalization without federal interference; however, thanks to committee members appointed by the Bernie Sanders’ campaign, a much more direct amendment has been inserted into the platform.

“Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization,” the amendment reads, as reported by The Washington Post.

The full party platform will now go for a final vote at the Democratic National Convention, which takes place 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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