Congressional Cannabis Caucus Leader Votes Against Legalization Plank For Democratic Platform

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Leader Votes Against Legalization Plank For Democratic Platform

A congresswoman widely known as a strong advocate for federal marijuana reform helped defeat an amendment that would have added a cannabis legalization plank to the Democratic party’s 2020 platform. During a Democratic National Committee platform committee meeting on Monday, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) was among the 106 delegates who voted against the measure, preserving a more modest reform agenda that more closely aligns with that proposed by presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. Other notable “no” votes came from former Obama staffers and cabinet officials and the mayors of Atlanta and Boston. But the Lee vote stands out. The congresswoman is a cochair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, the sponsor of a comprehensive legalization bill and a consistent critic of the war on drugs. Just last month, she led a “Dear Colleagues” letter calling on members to pursue legalization as part of police reform legislation. Lee told Marijuana Moment that she supports a drug policy plan rolled out by a criminal justice task force organized by Biden and former primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that stops short of proposing adult-use cannabis legalization. However, she emphasized that “I fully intend to continue working with a future Biden Administration to move cannabis legalization forward.” Here's the roll call for the DNC Platform Committee amendment on legalizing marijuana. https://t.co/5yd4HAFqkB https://t.co/uCNqcVuaFo pic.twitter.com/wbRggtTrda — People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) July 28, 2020 Asked to respond to Lee’s platform vote, fellow Cannabis Caucus co-chair Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) pointed out to that “Americans overwhelmingly support legalizing…

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