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Petitioning President Barack Obama

Remove Debbie Wasserman-Schulz as DNC Chair Over Cannabis Hypocrisy

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Cannabis is an entirely nonlethal substance that a majority of Americans believe should be legal. Despite this, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has continually opposed to legalization of cannabis, while accepting thousands of dollars in donations from the alcohol industry.

"I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs," Schultz told the New York Times. "We have had a resurgence of drug use instead of a decline. There is a huge heroin epidemic."

Despite Schultz's concerns over legalizing another "mind-altering substance" (a substance that has drastically reduced painkiller overdoses in states that have legalized it for medical use), Schultz has no problem with the mind-altering substance that is alcohol, given she received nearly $20,000 in donations this election cycle from alcohol lobby groups such as Bacardi USA, the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. The alcohol industry also donated money to defeat California's Prop 19 in 2010, which would have legalized cannabis throughout the state.

We are calling for the immediate removal of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, to be replaced by someone who supports legalizing cannabis. Given that cannabis would reduce our prison population, increase tax revenue and remove a valuable asset used by criminal syndicates to increase their finances, this is an issue that effects and impacts all Americans, even if they don't consume the substance.

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