Why a Trump Impeachment Would be Very Bad for Marijuana

A potential impeachment of President Donald Trump would be bad news for the marijuana movement.

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With the news that President Trump’s former Defense Secretary Michael Flynn has offered to testify about the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia if he’s given immunity from prosecution, numerous media outlets have been bringing up the idea that it could lead to Trump’s impeachment.

For some supporters of marijuana law reform, this may initially seem like a good thing; Trump’s press secretary did say recently we can expect “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws. However, it would actually be very bad, and could be the difference between the government taking a mostly hands-off approach, and the feds using everything in their power to shut legal marijuana down.

At this point we know very little of how Trump will handle marijuana laws going forward. In the past he has stated that he’s in “100%” support of medical marijuana, and has said he supports state rights when it comes to marijuana laws (he’s also previously said he supports legalizing all drugs, but has walked that back). Since becoming president, short of the before-mentioned comment from his press secretary (which was quite vague), Trump has been mum on how he will approach this issue. In other words, we simply don’t know what President Trump will do.

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