It’s “funny” how things can change so quickly. Remember back when Donald Trump was running for president? He was “in favor of medical marijuana, 100 percent,” he was skeptical of legalizing it more broadly, and thought that cannabis policy should basically be left to the states. Well, his government is now saying quite a different thing.
Trump: Keep your campaign pledge to respect state marijuana legalization laws
There’s a new cannabis-related petition calling for Trump to keep his promise to leave cannabis alone.
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged that, if elected, the federal government would respect the rights of states to enact their own cannabis laws.
Remember when he famously said at a campaign trail rally at Reno, NV rally back in 2015,
The marijuana thing is such a big thing. I think medical should happen, don’t we agree? And then I really believe you should leave it up to the state. It should be a state situation.
Fast-forward only a few months. We now have White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicating the Department of Justice might begin “greater enforcement” of federal law in states that have legalized cannabis policy.
Spicer also recently appeared to defend an apparent forthcoming crackdown on recreational cannabis by comparing it to the United States’s ongoing opioid epidemic, a comparison that appears to fly in the face of available evidence.
[W]hen you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people. There’s a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.
Studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association and others have shown that states with legal and accessible medical and recreational marijuana see a significant reduction in opioid death rates.
Then, of course, we have the Attorney General, Jef Sessions, who recently claimed, “Good people don’t smoke cannabis“.
Sessions then enforced his anti-cannabis views in a recent press conference, stating that he was not supportive of states’ efforts to allow greater access to cannabis, and signaled that the federal government would likely take a firmer hand in enforcing federal law.
I don’t think America is going to be a better place when people of all ages, and particularly young people, are smoking pot…
I believe it’s an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we’re seeing real violence around that.
Make your voice heard
In the weeks since the election, Trump’s government has done nothing but inflame tensions, in particular among the (mostly) law-abiding state-legal cannabis industries in states like Colorado, California, Washington and Oregon.