5 July 2016

US media outlet Liberty Voice write…

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has announced that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has decided on a new proposed party platform regarding states’ rights and marijuana laws. With the DNC holding its convention the week of July 25, 2016, the Platform Drafting Committee (PDC) has been hard at work creating the final draft of the platform that the next Democratic presidential candidate will support. On June 25, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the DNC chair, stated the PDC had concluded its meeting and provided a final draft for the overall policy positions. Marijuana reform is one of many positions the DNC wishes to establish as a platform. The committee will be meeting to vote on the final approval of the platform amendments on July 8 and 9, in Orlando, Fla.

Schultz explained that Democrats believe U.S. citizens are its greatest strength. She added that the DNC was committed to the values of opportunity and inclusion for everyone. Schultz took a moment to thank the committee, stating: “I want to thank Chairman (Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.) for his measured and principled leadership, as well as the committee members and staff who have spent long nights, several weekends, and hundreds of hours on a platform draft.” She continued by commending them on a draft that represents the Democratic party’s progressive values.

The committee members who worked on the marijuana amendment for the platform draft were Bill McKibben, who is an author and environmentalist, and Carol Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator. The amendment supported giving individual states the right to choose whether or not to decriminalize marijuana.