Clemency and Commuting Sentences for Non-Violent Marijuana Offenders

RESOLUTION 15-08.35L


Clemency and Commuting Sentences for Non-Violent Marijuana Offenders

WHEREAS at least 45 people are in federal prisons serving Life Without Parole sentences for non-violent marijuana offenses; and

WHEREAS 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing the use of cannabis when recommended by a physician including 4 states and the District of Columbia that have enacted laws legalizing the
recreational use of cannabis; and

WHEREAS President Obama has granted 89 clemencies mostly for prisoners sentenced under mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party requests President Obama to grant executive clemency and commute the sentences of all prisoners in federal prison serving life-time sentences solely for nonviolent marijuana offenses.


Sponsored by Lanny Swerdlow

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Summer Executive Board Meeting
Long Beach Convention Center

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