Trump wants to crack down on legal marijuana states

The White House press secretary says a crackdown is coming


DOJ will “enforce the laws”

Recreational cannabis users’ worst fears about the Trump administration may become real very soon.

During White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s daily briefing Thursday, he suggested that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will take action to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized recreational use.

“I do think you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer told the assembled reporters.. “The Department of Justice, I think, will be further looking into [the issue]. I believe they are going to continue to enforce the laws on the books with respect to recreational marijuana.”

During the Obama administration, the DOJ ignored enforcement of federal cannabis laws in states with legal medical or recreational marijuana, as long as the states followed some guidelines explained in a DOJ memo. During those years, more than half of U.S. states have liberalized their own laws.

Cannabis is a Schedule 1 drug according to federal law, meaning it has high potential for addiction and abuse. Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, meth and LSD.

There’s a new sheriff in town


The Trump DOJ is led by new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has made his opposition to legal marijuana very clear in the past. He once said that marijuana users are not good people.

Spicer explained that Trump supports medical marijuana, and said the president understands the need of people in pain to have access. But he said that there is a difference between medical and recreational marijuana, and in a bizarre twist Spicer indicated that somehow legal cannabis could exacerbate the use of addictive opioids.

Enforcing federal law in states with legal recreational cannabis would likely shut down the multibillion-dollar business in those states and force the market back underground, where is it dominated by organized crime. Just last November, several states voted to legalize recreational marijuana, including California, Nevada, and Massachusetts.

A national Quinnipiac poll released today found that 71 percent of Americans say the government should not enforce federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized use, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.

Jim McDonald
I spend most of my time studying the regulatory, legislative and scientific challenges to vaping, advocating for our right to exist, and talking with others who do the same. Consider me a source for information, and feel free to agree or disagree with anything I say. I love good coffee and sweet Michigan cherries. My childhood hero was Gordie Howe.
  • JOSH

    It also says that to be a schedule 1 drug it has no medical value,which it does,just like opiates which are highly addictive and widely abused. This is just another ploy to regulate cannabis as a controlled substance. All about the all mighty $$$$. BIG PHARMA is scared it will lose billions because cannabis has been proven to treat so many conditions,that it would replace their high dollar meds.

  • Richard Odin

    Narcotics should all be illegal including alcohol the cause more harm than good

  • brandon

    Lol, Trump showing how much of a buffoon he is once again. The Fed gov’t doesn’t have the resources to enforce these laws. It would be like one cop trying to enforce the speed limit on a highway where everyone is speeding.

    • Jim McDonald

      It’s just like that. In a speed trap, they park there are scare people into slowing down. All the feds need to do is pick out 40 or 50 businesses and shut them down. That would cause a large number to close in fear of losing everything.

      Remember, if the U.S. government enforces federal drug laws, they can confiscate all the owners’ personal property, savings and other assets as the proceeds of a criminal enterprise. They can charge them with racketeering and conspiracy, and drug trafficking — federal crimes that carry long prison sentences.

      I believe that they could shut down the recreational cannabis business almost overnight if they chose to go after it.