Nevada County Democrats support medical marijuana laws
July 24, 2013
At its regular July 18 meeting, the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee drafted and voted to adopt a resolution to support California laws regarding medical marijuana.
The resolution states:
"Whereas, 18 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing the use of cannabis when recommended by a physician, and
"Whereas, over 825,000 Americans are caught up in the criminal justice system every year for marijuana law violations, and
"Whereas, the United States spends over $20 billion a year enforcing marijuana prohibition laws, and
"Whereas, thousands of people are murdered every year involving the smuggling of illegal drugs into the United States and marijuana accounts for over half of these illegal drugs, and
"Whereas, polls show overwhelming support for the medicinal use of cannabis, and
"Whereas, marijuana prohibition laws are racially enforced with a far larger percentage of African-Americans and Hispanics convicted and imprisoned for marijuana prohibition offenses than their white counterparts even though marijuana use in their communities is no more than in white communities, and
"Whereas, college students lose their college grants and scholarships if found using marijuana,
"Now, therefore be it Resolved that the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee supports the California laws regarding the use and production of medical marijuana, and
"Be it further Resolved that the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee asks President Obama, the U.S. Department of Justice, California State Law Enforcement Agencies, and Nevada County Law Enforcement entities to end any interference or raids on legitimate medical marijuana enterprises, and to immediately undertake a comprehensive study to produce recommendations for reform and expansion of our nation's medical marijuana prohibition laws."