Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer has spoken up for the first time regarding state marijuana laws.
With the recent confirmation of prohibitionist Jeff Sessions as the next U.S. Attorney General, there’s a lot of well-founded fear in the marijuana community about what will happen next. However, President Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spice says it’s “unlikely” the Trump Administration will attack states that have legalized marijuana.
“I think that’s unlikely” Sean Spicer told our D.C.-based reporter Rebecka Brian today when asked “can we expect the Trump Administration to enforce federal law in states where marijuana is legal?” Spicer chose not to answer any follow-up questions.
Obviously this doesn’t give us much to go off of, but the fact that Spicer is willing to say that a federal marijuana crackdown is “unlikely” is a significant indicator that the issue has been discussed among the administration, and that they are planning to respect state marijuana laws.
Still, “unlikely” doesn’t necessarily mean “it isn’t going to happen”, so there’s still plenty of reason to be cautious going forward. However, there are also reasons to be optimistic.
[Editor’s Note: Rebecka Brian is a pseudonym used at the request of our reporter to keep her real identity private (as a grad student with a day job she fears a conflict).]