On the campaign trail then candidate Donald Trump pledged to respect state marijuana laws. Since taking office, the Trump administration has come out with some comments that have made marijuana supporters very nervous. To be fair, there has not been any announcement of a change in marijuana policy, nor has there been a widespread federal crackdown on legal marijuana businesses operating in legal states.
However, when people like Sean Spicer and Jeff Sessions are hinting at ‘greater enforcement’ of federal prohibition in states that have voted to legalize marijuana, it’s cause for concern. There is a White House petition that was started a couple of weeks ago that has received over 30,000 signatures. 32,305 as of this posting. If you haven’t added your name to the petition yet, please do so, and encourage everyone that you know to do the same. If the petition receives 100,000 signatures by March 25th, it will require an official response from the White House. Below is the language of the petition, which can be found at this link here:
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.