It looks like the Democrats will officially support states that legalize marijuana, medical and otherwise.

The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee concluded its work with a final draft ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28.

The 30-page final platform draft including a segment on marijuana that was passed unanimously. Here’s the DNC’s summary of the stance of cannabis:

Committee members McKibben and Browner worked on an amendment supporting states that choose to decriminalize marijuana. The amendment also recognized that 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 Committee passed the amendment unanimously.

Additionally, the DNC issued this statement:

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.

Of course, the platform can still be debated and amended at the convention, so cross your fingers.

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out: raul@the420times.com

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