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The Democratic Party’s hard right views on marijuana

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OK, maybe they are a bit less bad than the GOP, but this is truly inexcusable in the era of Black Lives Matter: It’s 2020 and the leadership of the Democratic Party still cannot get it together on marijuana legalization, which two-thirds of Americans support. . . . Marijuana Moment reports that on Monday the Democratic National Committee rejected an amendment to put a plank supporting marijuana legalization into the party’s platform. The final vote against, 50-106, is almost a perfect inversion of the two-thirds of the public who want legalization. This issue is like a thousand times more important than Confederate statues. On the state and local level, marijuana offenses still account for 40 percent of drug-related arrests. And the vast majority of those arrests

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OK, maybe they are a bit less bad than the GOP, but this is truly inexcusable in the era of Black Lives Matter:

It’s 2020 and the leadership of the Democratic Party still cannot get it together on marijuana legalization, which two-thirds of Americans support..

Marijuana Moment reports that on Monday the Democratic National Committee rejected an amendment to put a plank supporting marijuana legalization into the party’s platform. The final vote against, 50-106, is almost a perfect inversion of the two-thirds of the public who want legalization.

This issue is like a thousand times more important than Confederate statues.

On the state and local level, marijuana offenses still account for 40 percent of drug-related arrests. And the vast majority of those arrests (more than 90 percent) are for possession, not manufacture or sale.

Biden stands with the 32% of Americans with especially stupid and mean-spirited views.

What a disgrace. Let’s see how progressives react to this news. Can delegates vote to overrule the Platform Committee? Would they even wish to?

The Democratic Party’s hard right views on marijuana

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Scott B. Sumner is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, the Director of the Program on Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an economist who teaches at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. His economics blog, The Money Illusion, popularized the idea of nominal GDP targeting, which says that the Fed should target nominal GDP—i.e., real GDP growth plus the rate of inflation—to better "induce the correct level of business investment".

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