Why the Trump Administration Will NOT Attack Legal Marijuana States

Despite well-founded fear in the cannabis culture about the nation’s new president, Donald Trump is unlikely to go after state-level cannabis laws.

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Instead, we believe that the Trump Administration will take a hands-off, allow-the-states-to-decide approach that will allow things to continue, for the most part, as they have the past several years.

Here’s a few reasons why:

First off, politics

For whatever you may think of Donald Trump, he knows how to play politics. No one can win the presidency if they don’t.

With that in mind, he knows, without a doubt, that going after marijuana at this stage in the game would be a huge mistake. Cannabis legalization has quickly become a bipartisan issue, and it trends that way more and more each day. There’s no doubt, and no way to argue against the fact, that if Trump doesn’t respect state marijuana laws, he will lose support among many Republicans and Independents, as well as the few Democrats who may support him. If they didn’t stop supporting him entirely (this is a big issue for a lot of people), they would at least be upset (or even enraged) at him because of it, and would be less enthused about supporting him in 2019.

Trump simply doesn’t have enough to gain from going after state marijuana laws, and he knows it.

 

The FDA

Trump’s Administration has confirmed that two of the candidates they are considering to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are supportive of ending marijuana prohibition. One of them, Jim O’Neil, previously served as a board of directors member for a nonprofit organization that helped legalize cannabis in California.

If Trump does pick O’Neil, the implications are huge. For decades lawmakers have used the fact that the FDA doesn’t recognize cannabis’ medical value as a reason to retain its complete illegality, even for medical use. Having an FDA chief that is open to marijuana and its medical benefits could quickly revoke this argument. Most importantly, it would give Trump an excuse for not going after marijuana states to those conservative supporters of his who want him to do so (“well the FDA recognizes it as a medicine – what can I do?”).

Trump, of course, may pick someone else to lead the FDA, but the fact that he’s even considering someone like O’Neil can be seen as a positive sign – at least for us optimists.

 

Donald Trump Doesn’t Really Oppose Marijuana

Trump’s public history regarding marijuana simply hasn’t been one of opposition. In the 90s he said he believed that all drugs should be legalized (something he has since walked back – but it’s a position even Bernie Sanders walked back on during his campaign). In the past couple he’s said that he’s in “100% support” of medical cannabis, and believes that states have the right to decide their own marijuana law.

On the campaign he made some disparaging remarks about cannabis – not surprising as a Republican candidate – but stopped far short of saying he would enforce federal cannabis laws or attack those following state law.

He did, of course, pick prohibitionist Jeff Sessions as attorney general, but Trump has final say on what policies are enforced, and having a pro-marijuana FDA chief would also help combat this.

 

Trump is a Businessman

There’s no way that Trump, a lifelong man of business, doesn’t understand the value the legal cannabis industry brings to the states that have embraced it. It’s highly unlikely he would decided to attack such a burgeoning industry, especially considering the large amount of federal money it would cost to do so.

The only way he might consider doing so is if it brought him political gain, which it wouldn’t (at least not enough to offset the political loss).

 

In Conclusion

For these reasons, and others we won’t go into detail about, we are confident in saying that the legal cannabis industry – and legal consumers of cannabis – will be safe under the Trump Administration; or, at least as safe as they were under the Obama Administration.

If not, feel free to throw this article back in our faces.

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    • Gary on October 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm
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    And AG Sessions would love to shut down medical cannabis, arrest the growers, those working in the dispensaries and, of course, patients. I’m sure Beauregard sees them not as “patients,” but users.

  1. Marijuana is the number one gateway drug to harder drugs. Legalized marijuana will destroy parental control on their children and open up the gates of hell. Additionally, the job of law enforcement multiplies because there is no way to
    Test for driving under the influence. Drug cartels are using marijuana laced with fetanyl to move Americans to heroin.
    The death rate in America this year exceeded all troop losses in the Middle East and 911. Our legislators have a responsibility to support American family values and not tear them down. George Soros funded the rollout of marijuana in America by putting it on voting ballots. The health effects of marijuana are outlined in detail by the NIH
    And the rand report. The director of the dea and fib are totally opposed to the legalization of marijuana in America.
    We have a responsibility to protect our children from the reach of drug cartels and the cancerous effects of pot
    Which is 10 times worse than cigarettes. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions need to enforce federal law and shut it down. Our children are under attack by drug cartels pushing drugs in our schools and the country does not need another drug to destroy our children.

      • Josir on February 25, 2017 at 9:47 am
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      ALCOHOL is the “gateway” drug!

    • Alphonso Smoot on February 23, 2017 at 2:48 pm
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    “If not, feel free to throw this article back in our faces.”

    Um, yeah – about that…

    2/23/2017

    Trump administration puts recreational marijuana in crosshairs

    http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/02/23/sean-spicer-marijuana-medical-recreational-trump-administration/74255/

    1. Although Spicer’s remarks today are certainly disheartening, to be fair the crutch of his comments were that it’s up to the Justice Department, and the most recent thing we’ve heard from Sessions on this issue is that he doesn’t see the feds getting involved in marijuana other than large-scale cartels: https://thejointblog.com/jeff-sessions-feds-marijuana/

    • maxwood on February 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm
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    I’m inclined to agree with this article, but there is a further possible advantage to be considered. Like that other casino boss, Adelson, Trump proudly allows it to be known that he personally does not $moke $igarettes or drink alcohol. He can be, and will be reminded of statistics as they emerge from cannabis-legalized States that rates of opiate drug addiction, $igarette and alcohol consumption and traffic accidents are going down there. Then there’s the 2014 Surgeon General estimate that “tobacco-related illness” (mostly $igarettes of course) costs the US economy $289-Bil. a year, mostly for worktime loss and medical care.

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