California Democrats Back Marijuana Legalization

Mar 10, 2014

Cal­i­for­nia Democ­rats have approved a party plat­form includ­ing a plank call­ing for mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion, mark­ing a major shift for the state party. As the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle reports, state party del­e­gates moved Sun­day to adopt a plat­form that includes sup­port for “the legal­iza­tion, reg­u­la­tion and tax­a­tion of pot in a man­ner sim­i­lar to that of tobacco or alco­hol.” The plat­form was adopted by a near-unanimous voice vote. Cal­i­for­nia Lt. Gov. Gavin New­som, for­merly the mayor of San Fran­cisco, made the case for the posi­tion change dur­ing the Democ­rats’ 3-day con­ven­tion in Los Ange­les. “It’s time for all of us to step up and step in and lead once again in Cal­i­for­nia, just as we did in 1996. We did just that with med­ical mar­i­juana,” New­som said dur­ing his Sat­ur­day address to the con­ven­tion. “But for almost 20 years now, we’ve sat back admir­ing our accom­plish­ment while the world, the nation, and states like Col­orado and Wash­ing­ton have passed us by. … It’s time to legal­ize, it’s time to tax, it’s time to reg­u­late mar­i­juana for adults in Cal­i­for­nia.” New­som con­tin­ued, “This is not a debate about hip­pies. This is not a debate about ston­ers. We can’t dimin­ish this issue or the peo­ple involved in this debate by belit­tling them and triv­i­al­iz­ing them. Let me be clear. You can be pro-regulation with­out being an advo­cate for drug use.” Watch Newsom’s Speech: http://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​T​X​r​_​j​p​6​3​R3E Newsom’s remarks came less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) voiced his con­cerns over mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion in an inter­view with NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “The prob­lem with any­thing, a cer­tain amount is okay,” Brown said. “But there is a ten­dency to go to extremes. And all of a sud­den, if there’s adver­tis­ing and legit­i­macy, how many peo­ple can get stoned and still have a great state or a great nation? The world’s pretty dan­ger­ous, very com­pet­i­tive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the pot­heads might be able to put together.” Mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion has strong sup­port in the state, with recent polls show­ing a clear major­ity of Cal­i­for­ni­ans in sup­port of tax­ing and reg­u­lat­ing the drug. How­ever, vot­ers will likely have to wait until 2016 to vote in favor of legal­iza­tion — lead­ing mar­i­juana pol­icy groups in the state have decided against putting a pro-pot mea­sure on the bal­lot this year in order to build up cam­paign cof­fers and widen sup­port for the bill. The 2014 party plat­form also called for min­i­mum wage hikes, stronger anti-poverty pro­grams and prison reform. Del­e­gates also added a plank call­ing for a mora­to­rium on frack­ing. New­shawk: Hemp­World Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Mol­lie Reilly Pub­lished: March 9, 2014 Copy­right: 2014 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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