Trump Admin to Crack Down on Legalized Pot?

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After more than a month of speculation, the Trump administration may be planning to crack down on marijuana, according to comments from White House spokesman Sean Spicer. “I think you’ll see greater enforcement,” said Spicer during a daily briefing to the media on Thursday.

Spicer suggested that the Department of Justice may be looking to enforce federal laws against recreational marijuana usage. The Obama administration turned a blind eye toward the subject as states began legalizing recreational use.

“There’s a big difference between (medical marijuana) and recreational marijuana, and I think when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” said Spicer. He added that the President, “understands the pain and suffering that many people go through…especially terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these drugs including medical marijuana can bring to them.”

“There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature,” Spicer added.

Today’s briefing sent a ripple of concern throughout the medical and recreational marijuana use community. Up until now, it’s been anyone’s guess as to how the new administration will deal with pot — especially after a groundswell of states legalizing it for recreational or medical use. Several more states will vote on marijuana use laws this year.

During his campaign, Trump opined that it would be up to states to deal with marijuana laws, but Trump and his new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, have been mostly silent on the subject since the inauguration. Sessions, who previously stated his opposition to using marijuana, did say during his confirmation hearing that it wasn’t the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce and that Americans should encourage Congress to change federal laws on pot if they don’t want it enforced.

“There’s a big difference between the medical use, which Congress has, through an appropriations rider in 2014, made very clear what there was in terms of how the Department of Justice would handle that issue. That’s very different than recreational use, which is something I think the Department of Justice will be further looking into,” said Spicer.

Legalized states like California, however, have already voiced plans to stand up for states’ rights. More than 71 percent of Americans are opposed to the federal government’s involvement in state marijuana laws, according to Quinnipiac University. The poll also found that 93 percent of voters support legalized marijuana use as prescribed by medical doctors.

Here’s the transcript from C-Span

Spicer: THERE’S TWO DISTINCT ISSUES HERE. MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA. I THINK MEDICAL MARIJUANA , I SAID BEFORE THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT MANY PEOPLE GO THROUGH WERE FACING ESPECIALLY TERMINAL DISEASES AND THE COMFORT THAT SOME OF THESE DRUGS INCLUDING MEDICAL MARIJUANA CAN BRING TO THEM. THAT’S ONE CONGRESS THROUGH A WRITER IN 2011 , I THINK POISONED THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL SAYING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WOULDN’T BE FUNDED TO GO AFTER THOSE. THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT AND RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND I THINK WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING LIKE THE OPIOID ADDICTION CRISIS BLOSSOMING IN SO MANY STATES AROUND THIS COUNTRY , THE LAST THING WE SHOULD BE DOING IS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE. THERE IS STILL A FEDERAL LAW THAT WE NEED TO ABIDE BY IN TERMS OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA AND OTHER DRUGS OF THAT NATURE SO I THINK THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEDICAL MARIJUANA WHICH STATES HAVE WHERE IT’S ALLOWED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPROPRIATIONS SIDE HAVE SET FORTH A PROCESS TO ADMINISTER AND REGULATE THAT USAGE VERSUS RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA, THAT’S A DIFFERENT SUBJECT .

  • Misternomer

    One step forward, two steps back.

  • lifeislife789

    People voted for it so what’s the problem. I thought we the people governed. I guess not.

    • Cara Steen

      73% of voters didn’t vote for Trump either.
      And look how that is turning out.

      • sesameseed

        Yeah, that’s why he’s the POTUS. He couldn’t care less about potheads in Sonoma county.

      • Art Perez

        How much have you smoked today?

        • Cara Steen

          Hey dumb f***, your man crush got 63 million votes out of over 231 million eligible voters. That is 27%. Let me know if you want to know what 100-27 is.

      • James R Lutticken

        A difference of 2.6 million votes equates to 73% of the popular vote? Wtf are you smoking?

        • That’s “stoner math,” James.

        • John Murphy

          a lot of voters didn’t vote at all.

  • SCS1776

    I vote for it, but pot is still illegal under Federal law .

  • The Spoon

    The Party of Backwards is high on power since November.

  • sesameseed

    It’s gonna be fun, huh potheads? Do you think the BOS is going to stand your bail and defend you in court?

  • Mother

    This is too funny. Stoners heads are spinning even more. I love this President!

    • Norman B

      Thank you Trump! You will make Cannabis lucrative again!!

  • Michael

    Funny that the party that champions states rights, limited gov’t, and a reduction in the federal workforce wants to employ more people to battle the will of people in individual states. Sounds like they are just as bought and paid for by the pharm industry as the democrats. Birds of a feather indeed.

    • Art Perez

      You should be preaching that to the loser liberals who wanted Hillary to win!!

      • Michael

        You obviously don’t understand that both parties are in it for themselves. Trump is no better than Hillary. He’s in it for himself, like just about every other politician.

        Sad thing is you probably believe people of one political party are losers, when they are actually your neighbors, coworkers, etc. It’s not us vs. them, unless you are talking about those in power vs. the average American.

  • burt tut

    I hope those politicians haven’t already spent that tax money.

    • PJ

      You know they did, about 5 years ago

    • sesameseed

      Haven’t you noticed all the potholes being filled around the county?

  • John “Ali” Smith

    Federal drug laws (statutes) are unconstitutional. No part of the Constitution authorizes the federal gov to regulate any drugs. That’s why alcohol prohibition REQUIRED a Constitutional amendment – no such amendment exists for any other drugs, including MJ.

    • sesameseed

      That must be little comfort to those in jail.

    • Barfy

      medical meth now

  • Art Perez

    Man I love this Pres!!! Trump is the man!!

    • theseeker1111

      Hmm. With a a majority of americans now supporting outright legalization…an administration that bases it’s views on outdated beliefs and mores is some how the hero?

      Ah yes, I suppose he lost the popular vote too. The minority in this country once again gets to bask in the glow of believing “they” are the ones that are right.

      To quote the Preisdent: “Sad”.

    • Norman B

      Trump! Making Cannabis lucrative again! Great work!

  • H2OTart

    Ridiculous. The feds have much bigger fish to fry.

  • Joseph Stalins Purple Scrotum

    Time to stock up on extra ammo!

  • Daisy

    I have never been into pot, but this prez is power-tripping…
    Next thing ya know he’ll bring back the witch-hunt and burn women lighter than 120 LBS at the stake……………………..
    Uh-oooooooh!!!!!! Daisy is going into hiding. (tell ’em I galloped the other way when they come looking for me, shhhhhhhh!!!!! Remember, you have not seen me)

  • Cheryl ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

    Trump said it should be left up to the States. I doubt he will do anything.

    • Art Perez

      He might not, but sessions will

      • Cheryl ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

        Sessions will have his hands full working on the prosecution and take down of our Government Officials that are being Blackmailed and involved in the Pedophilia Ring.

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    • Mick

      Oh Taylor, were you selling drugs? You look like one, Henry, Hernandiz…

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  • Mick

    Man, if they keep it up they won’t have any supporters…

  • leejam

    Not a Good Idea Trump we voted you in to keep Government out of our rear end. I do not use pot or Drink anymore, but what others do is none of my Business or the Government.

    • The Spoon

      Maybe you voted for him, but he’s the republican party – and the republicans hate canabis – in public. Privately, I think they’re using as much as anyone. That’s why they’re so paranoid.

  • Norman B

    “When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blooming”… how about the alcohol addiction crisis. How do either of those things have anything to do with Cannabis. Who needs freedom when you can have the government make all your choices for you?