Although members of the committee appointed by Senator Bernie Sanders put forth a platform stating that the Democrats support “removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and allowing states to set their own policies”, the committee eventually passed something considerably more conservative.
The approved platform reads:
“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. 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. And we recognize our current marijuana laws have had an unacceptable disparate impact, with arrest rates for marijuana possession among African-Americans far outstripping arrest rates among whites despite similar usage rates.”
The full Drafting Committee will meet on July 8th and 9th to finalize the party’s platforms; party delegates will have the final say on July 25th.