Democrats OK Platform with ‘Pathway’ for Legalizing Pot

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Democrats meeting in Philadelphia have made history, voting for a platform that endorses a “pathway” for the legalization of marijuana, reports McClatchy Newspapers. When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders boasted Monday that he had helped create “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Paarty, he made no mention of the pot plank, which calls for “a reasoned pathway for future legalization,” but it was a victory for Sanders and his supporters. The platform calls for removing marijuana from the federal list of Schedule 1 drugs, those considered most dangerous. That list includes LSD and heroin, drugs considered to have a high potential for abuse and no medical purpose.

Legalization backers said the vote reflected polls that found a majority of Americans wanted to legalize the drug. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton does not back across-the-board legalization at the federal level. Delegates approved the platform on a voice vote, but Democrats remain divided. The party’s platform committee voted 81-80 to accept the legalization language proposed by Sanders’ supporters, with opponents saying it goes too far.

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