The Waiting Game With Marijuana — The Beltway Times


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President Trump gained a lot of support on the campaign trail when he said he would leave marijuana as an issue to be dealt with by the individual states.

At a rally in Sparks, Nevada back in 2015, Trump said “I think medical should happen, right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states. It should be a state situation.”

Even though Trump has never smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol, or partaken in illicit drugs, his warm stance on leaving marijuana as a state’s issue rang with many of the pro-legalization voters.

But that positive feeling with the voters shifted to uncertainty when President Trump nominated Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Sessions has said “I’m definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana.”

Sean Spicer touched upon the marijuana issue, in a press briefing on February 23rd, saying that there is a difference between medical and recreational marijuana, and that there will be a greater enforcement of the latter. His comments sent shockwaves throughout the recreational marijuana industry, because seven states already voted to make marijuana legal on election day.

California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Where as Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota voted to legalize medical marijuana. There are many vested businesses in these states who have created many jobs and pay taxes who fear getting shut down by the federal government because the discrepancy between state and federal law still looms.

But could the lack of a definitive stance on this issue from his administration be a clairvoyant 4-D chess move in the making by the Trump administration?

Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced HR 1227, to exclude marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, which would limit the application of Federal laws, and leave the authority up to the states.

The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, HR 975, was reintroduced to prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who are engaging in state sanctioned activities specific to the possession, use, production, and distribution of marijuana.

A Cannabis Caucus has been formed by representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Jared Polis (D-CO), and Don Young (R-AK). This bipartisan support in Congress will “develop and promote sensible cannabis policy reform and work to ease the tension between federal and state cannabis laws.”

President Trump has not backed down on a campaign promise yet, and by saying he would leave it up to the states, that calls upon us, the citizens, to urge our state lawmakers to support these bills.
The power is back in the people’s hands. It was supremely evident on election day. And with the overwhelmingly positive public support on the legalization of marijuana, it is up the public to make their voices heard again, and urge lawmakers to leave the marijuana issue up to the states.

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