The marijuana community has been waiting on pins and needles to see how the Trump administration would approach marijuana policy. Trump has several long time marijuana opponents as part of his team, and many veteran activists have been fearing the worst, while at the same time trying to not jump to any conclusions. This last week Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated that ‘greater enforcement’ of federal law could be on the horizon, at least on the adult-use side.
To be fair, it was not an official announcement of a policy shift, so nothing has technically changed. Sean Spicer suggested that it may happen. But even the mere inference is enough to be cause for concern, and the marijuana community needs to be ready for just about anything. The community also needs to be very tactful in how it handles not only this week’s comments by Spicer, but anything else that comes out in the near future, which in reality, is how the cannabis community should be handling things anyways, Spicer or no Spicer.
A petition was started on the White House website which calls for Donald Trump to keep his campaign promise that he would respect the will of state voters. On the campaign trail then candidate Trump expressed that he felt that marijuana policy should be an issue handled at the state level. Below is the language of the petition, which has 19,592 signatures as of the posting of this article. If it receives 100,000 total signatures by March 25th, it will require a response from the White House. Please sign the petition and tell everyone you know to do the same!
On February 23, Press Secretary Sean Spicer indicated the Department of Justice might begin “greater enforcement” of federal law in states that have legalized marijuana. But during the campaign President Trump repeatedly pledged that if elected the federal government would respect the rights of states to enact their own cannabis laws. That is a wise policy supported by a growing super-majority of voters. They know that state marijuana legalization laws hurt the cartels, fund our schools and roads, and protect public health and safety. 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. Please keep your promise to the American people.