Yesterday, the cannabis industry was given very ominous news: the Trump administration will crackdown on cannabis, at least in states where it’s legal for recreational use. In a statement given Thursday, Trump’s Press Secretary said in a statement, “There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.” Spicer said. He did say that the administration would leave medical users alone, which is good news to be sure.
The reason for the crackdown? Spicer claimed that recreational cannabis has led to an increase in opiate addiction, which pardon my French, is the biggest crock of shit I have ever heard. There are multiple sources of data that claim just the opposite. Many people who were addicted to opiates are in fact using cannabis to get off of them, you know because opiates are killing people, whereas cannabis is not.
This news has people in the cannabis industry in an uproar, which is completely understandable. This is definitely news to be happy about, and it goes against what Trump indicated he would do during his campaign, which was leave it up to states. Funny that Republicans are all about state’s rights until it’s a right that they don’t like.
It’s important to remember that the Obama administration attempted to crackdown on cannabis by shutting down dispensaries. How well did that turn out for them? Cannabis is a billion dollar industry, and I can tell you that the states who benefit from it are not going down without a fight.
It’s important to note here that it’s not normally the Press Secretary’s job to inform on what the DOJ (Department of Justice) is doing. That is normally the job of the Attorney General. This is perhaps why Spicer later sounded less sure of himself and referred reporters’ questions to the DOJ.
There is also a possibility that this announcement was a red herring and meant to take the focus off of Trump’s Muslim ban and the various other asinine things the Trump administration has pulled. Spicer is not the most informed person in the world.
My point is that it doesn’t do any good to start panicking, not unless action is actually taken. Last year Congress reallocated the portion of the DEA’s budget that was being used to enforce federal prohibition in legal states, so they wouldn’t even have the resources to go after recreational cannabis. If Congress were to pass a budget, then I would start to be worried. For now, stay vigilant and keep resisting.
Source: USA Today
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