Debbie Wasserman Schultz leads the Democratic National Committee. She is completely against cannabis legalization. That is why it was a shock toe everyone when she decided to include cannabis reform in the Democratic party’s 2016 platform. Over the weekend, the Democratic National Committee announced that the party was going to work towards supporting marijuana and decriminalization to get rid of the criminal penalties connected with having marijuana. In addition, they would like to begin supporting the research of marijuana and its health benefits. Finally, prohibition will be completely stopped for states voting to legalize the marijuana industry.

In a statement, the Democratic National Committee stated that: “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.”

Although the Democratic National Committee’s most recent positions on cannabis reform is a positive step forward, it does not go as far as some other politicians, such as presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Sanders wishes to completely eliminate cannabis prohibition in the United States. This isn’t the first time he mentioned something such as this. Months ago, he stated that he would like to completely take marijuana off of the list of controlled substances. He adds that voters who stood up for the “political revolution” should be a priority for the DNC, calling for them to focus on 20 political platform ideas that they would like to see the Democrats get behind. One of those platforms was to “Remove Marijuana From The Federal Controlled Substances Act.”

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