Potential New Top Democrat Supports Marijuana Reform

Pressure is mounting for the Democratic Party to clean house following Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat in the presidential campaign, and that could bode well for marijuana legalizationefforts.Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota is mounting what appears to be a very strong bid for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). A stalwart progressive who backedU.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the Democratic presidential primary, Ellison is also a vocal supporter of cannabis law reform.Earlier this year, Ellison helped to insert far-reaching pro-legalization language into the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, speaking up in favor of the plankduring a sometimes contentious drafting meeting.“As a person who would not recommend marijuana usage personally, I’m strongly in favor of this proposal,” he said. “This is gonna help us really get off the whole war on drugs, and I would really favor treatment over this incarceralsystem we have.”In Congress, Eillison voted...



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