Trump Inspiring Congress to Legalize Marijuana

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Trump Inspiring Congress to Legalize Marijuana

By Mike Adams,

Some lawmakers believe Trump’s presidency – and the uncertainty it’s bringing to the marijuana industry – is inspiring Congress to consider simply legalizing it.

A team of federal lawmakers believe the uncertainly surrounding the Trump Administration’s approach to legal marijuana could inspire Congress to finally get serious about passing reforms in the 2017 session.

U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Jared Polis, Dana Rohrabacher and Don Young, collectively calling themselves the “Congressional Cannabis Caucus,” plan to reintroduce a series of marijuana-related bills in the coming weeks aimed at protecting the whole of the cannabis industry from the potential wrath of a U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The goal of this mission, according to a report from The Cannabist, is to get the majority of Congress to join forces with respect to this issue in an effort to ensure the new administration does not hinder decades of progress.

One of the proposals to be released from its cage on Capitol Hill is the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act,” which was sponsored in 2015 by Representative Jared Polis of Colorado. The bill is designed to erase marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and make the substance a socially acceptable inebriant similar to alcoholic beverages.

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“I’m more hopeful than ever before that we can move legislation like the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act,” Polis said.

President Donald Trump said throughout his campaign that when it comes to the issue of marijuana legalization he would respect states’ rights, but his selection for U.S. Attorney General, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, has not expressed the same sentiment. In fact, Sessions has largely criticized the Obama Administration for taking a hands-off approach to legal marijuana – indicating that he may be prepared to enforce federal law.

However, some members of the caucus say the Trump Administration has too much in front of it to put any energy toward disassembling legal marijuana.

“This is a struggle and will continue to be; but this is something where I honestly don’t think the new administration, which has probably enough controversy on its hands, is going to knowingly pick a fight with what, almost without exception, was approved by local voters;” said Representative Earl Blumenauer from Oregon.

Although much of the cannabis industry fears the worst from an Attorney General Jeff Sessions; the senator, who has not yet given any indication about what he plans to do with legal marijuana states; says Congress needs to change federal law instead of worrying out about what he would do if confirmed to take over at the Justice Department.

“I think one obvious concern is that the United States Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state and distribution of it an illegal act,” Sessions said during his confirmation hearing. “So if we need to…if that’s something [that] is not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule. It is not so much the Attorney General’s job to decide what laws to enforce. We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we are able.”

So far, no federal marijuana legislation has ever received a hearing in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives or the Senate.


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  • Anonymous
    February 8, 2017

    If they legalize marijuana on the federal level they could tax it off and that would bring in billions if not trillions over a course if time. I bet if legalized and regulations are set marijuana will pull America out if debt.

    • Mike H.
      April 18, 2017

      It really could, and the good news is I think alot of people are starting to see that.

  • Linda
    February 9, 2017

    I feel that they should legalize medical marijuana for people who are in severe pain like I am And any medication they give me I have terrible side effects from.

  • Timothy Locke
    February 9, 2017

    Wrong. in 1937 Congress issued the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act. After it was found to be a violation of the 5th Amendment in 1969 case of Leary vs. US, Congress again acted in 1970 with the Controlled Substances and Drug Abuse Act.

    You need to be more detailed, or you may need better writers.

  • Sam
    February 9, 2017

    watch out cause Monsanto is already genetically modifying it to make it genocidal instead of healing. I am sure the big Pharma is finding it helpful to their cause to inflict pain with no reasonable remedy.

  • kenneth l miller
    February 9, 2017

    It is way over due !!!!!

    • Anonymous
      February 10, 2017


  • Gary
    February 10, 2017

    This congress? Do something like that? Get real! There’s still too much opposition to legalization, even for medical. Hell, you can forget recreational. These people answer to Big Pharma, Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco and people like Sheldon “ShellyFunBucks” Adelson. I wish I could be more optimistic. This will have to be done state by state, with the hope the Feds keep out. Not a guarantee for sure.

  • Robert Chase
    February 10, 2017

    Four Representatives — that’s less than 1% of the House! The facts recounted do not begin to justify “Trump Inspiring Congress to Legalize Marijuana”.

  • Deborah
    February 10, 2017

    I wish they would legalize it cos my son has seizures and it’s been proven that marijuana helps and I have many health problems that it would help. It’s much better than a handful of pills with all the side effects!!

  • Gary
    February 10, 2017

    I’d like to think this congress would just legalize it. I just don’t see THIS congress doing it!

  • Rob
    March 22, 2018

    Yep, legalize marijuana. Lots of jobs, lots of moola for the debt. Not sure why it is taking so long for the government to open their eyes and brains, to legalize pot.

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