Democrats Attempt to Lure Voters With Path to Legal Weed
Will America 'feel the burn' of sane cannabis regulations in 2016?
Weed is pretty popular these days. And if Sen. Bernie Sanders supporters have their way, the problematic plant might just get removed from the Controlled Substances Act, where it's currently considered a Schedule 1 narcotic; as dangerous as heroin.
At a Democratic platform committee meeting Saturday, the party whose mascot is a donkey reportedly voted 81 to 80 in favor of an amendment that would put pot on a "reasoned pathway" to legalization.
The Washington Post reports:
"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."
According to the Post, the new weed amendment, which replaces the previous party stance of state-by-state decriminalization efforts, was brought up in discussion by a Sanders supporter, and was seemingly inspired by mistakes made in the War on Drugs.
Of course, a Democrat in the White House is only one possible outcome of the 2016 shitshow of a presidential election. Still, cannabis enthusiasts and proponents of legalizing marijuana should count this proposed plank as a win for team weed. America can breathe a little easier knowing lawmakers are at least exploring solutions to some the nation's most pressing issues.