Democrats call for ‘pathway’ to marijuana legalization

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    The Democratic Party endorsed a "reasoned pathway to future legalization" of marijuana and called for the drug to be downgraded in the Controlled Substances Act, in a tense and unexpected victory for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

    Going into the platform committee meeting, Sanders's campaign had no new language about marijuana. The senator from Vermont had favored state-to-state legalization efforts, and the language approved by the drafting committee called for "policies that will allow more research on marijuana, as well as reforming our laws to allow legal marijuana businesses to exist without uncertainty."

    But on Saturday afternoon, the committee brought up an amendment that would have removed marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. David King, a lawyer and Sanders delegate from Tennessee, argued that marijuana was added to the act — giving the drug the same legal classification as heroin — during a "craze" to hurt "hippies and blacks." The amendment, however, was headed for defeat, with some committee members worrying that it went too far and undermined state-by-state efforts to study decriminalization.

    Arguments stopped when committee members proposed swapping in the language of a rival amendment — one that merely downgraded marijuana from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act and included the undefined "pathway" to legal status.

    Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization

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    Considering the "lesser of two evils" discussion about the candidates, this could tip the scales for me.
     
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    all drugs should be legal. it's your body, do with it as you wish.
     
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    Why does there need a pathway..just remove it from schedule I..it's not a path but a vote
     
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    Because tobacco companies need time to come up with a strategy to make money off of it.
     
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    Big tobacco has been planning for this for decades already.
     
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    But they have to make it look good (for them) when it happens.
     
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    Let's just offer to move tobacco to schedule I that'll shut them up
     
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    Herban Legends or Puffin' Stuff, that'll be the name of my shop.
     
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    Does this mean cops can't pull you over and kill you because they "Smell weed"...?
     
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    but if you smell like patchouli no ones going to shop there unless you live in Colorado or Oregon
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    This won't apply if you're black like always
     
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    I really don't know why it isn't, the long term side effects make it more dangerous.
     
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    True. Just sprinkle some crack on the body after.
     
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    That'll make those poor heavily laden officers carry more stuff which would be too much for those fat bodies..they'll just say they were afraid for their lives
     
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    You gotta hire at least one fat guy with curly hair who will wear nothing but black silk print shirts with dragons on them.
     
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    Problem is, some drugs stop you from being responsible of the actions that your body does.
    Example: meth + knife, at a mall. Someone is going to die.
     
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    As long as the ambience of the shop and the guy's dragons don't look like this

    Novelties_Critters_Dragonsjpg.jpg
     
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    Yea the meth head..are you scared of no teeth having shaking meth head?? The last one I ran into that was occupying his old cook house in Kalamazoo was more scared of me and my snappy little benchmade than of loosing his mattress
     
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    It's a weed shop. That'd probably be just as appropriate as a Vallejo print.
     
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    I actually know a guy who would be perfect but he runs a stereo shop.
     
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    Dude. Wouldn't it be great if you, like, sold the weed in the stereo shop?
     
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    I'm so old I remember when the term for marijuana was gateway...
     
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    True. But lets not discount the longterm side effects of weed, especially on brain plasticity. But those are relatively paltry compared to alcohol so
     
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    I would surely make enough that I could put the Rockford Fosgate subs and amps back in the trunk like it was 1994. Now that I don't have to park on the driveway anymore I could forego the Pioneer head unit with detachable faceplate.
     

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