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Proposal ID824
Proposal2016 Platform Amendment Proposal: End War on Drugs
PresenterPlatform Committee, sponsored by the Wisconsin Green Party
Floor ManagerJan Martell
PhaseClosed
Discussion04/18/2016 - 05/01/2016
Voting05/02/2016 - 05/08/2016
ResultAdopted
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum48 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes

Background

The current plank “End the War on Drugs” addresses legalization of marijuana possession, but does not adequately address legalization of the cultivation and sale of marijuana, leaving Greens vulnerable to the charge that we do not fully support ending marijuana prohibition and its harmful consequences.

Proposal

To amend Chapter II (2), Section H, Article 4

Current language of plank that is being addressed:
4. End the War on Drugs
a. End the "war on drugs." Redirect funds presently budgeted for the "war on drugs" toward expanded research, education, counseling and treatment.
b. Amend the Controlled Substances Act to reflect that drug use in itself is not a crime, and that persons living in the United States arrested for using drugs should not be incarcerated with those who have committed victim-oriented crimes.
c. Legalize possession of cannabis/marijuana.
d. Strike from the record prior felony convictions for marijuana possession.
e. Grant amnesty and release from confinement without any further parole or probation, those who have been incarcerated for the use of marijuana in federal and state prisons and in county/city jails, and who otherwise are without convictions for victim-oriented crimes, or who do not require treatment for abuse of hard drugs. Provide the option for drug treatment to those leaving confinement.
f. Implement a step-by-step program to decriminalize all drugs in the United States.

Proposed amendment of the current language:
4. End the War on Drugs
a. End the "war on drugs." Redirect funds presently budgeted for the "war on drugs" toward expanded research, education, counseling and treatment.
b. Amend the Controlled Substances Act to reflect that drug use in itself is not a crime, and that persons living in the United States arrested for using drugs should not be incarcerated with those who have committed victim oriented crimes.
c. Legalize possession, sale, and cultivation of cannabis/marijuana.
d. Strike from the record prior felony convictions for marijuana possession, sale, or cultivation.
e. Grant amnesty and release from confinement without any further parole or probation, those who have been incarcerated for the use, sale, or cultivation of marijuana in federal and state prisons and in county/city jails, and who otherwise are without convictions for victim oriented crimes, or who do not require treatment for abuse of hard drugs. Provide the option for drug treatment to those leaving confinement.
f. Implement a step-by-step program to decriminalize all drugs in the United States.

Resources

Approval of this proposal will amend the 2016 Draft Platform, which will be approved by the GPUS 2016 Presidential Nominating Convention and published on the GPUS website in or before September, 2016.

References

CONTACT:
Platform Committee
Bruce Hinkforth, co-chair, bhinkforth@milwpc.com, 262-569-1370
Budd Dickinson, co-chair, budd.dickinson@gmail.com, 650-773-0438
Dave Schwab, author and state contact, david.c.schwab@gmail.com, 518-610-2708

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