The draft version of the Democratic Party Platform supports decriminalizing REC and allowing states to determine their own laws, but stops short of endorsing full federal legalization.
- Delegates voted 105-60 against legalization.
- A delegate who introduced the amendment said the platform represents a step backwards from 2016 when the platform endorsed “providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization.”
- However, in a speech on racial justice, Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, who does not support legalization, wants federal aid to support the expungement of past cannabis offenses from criminal records.
Also in D.C., the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to protect all state-legal cannabis activity.