If you happen to’re making an attempt to maintain up with the Trump administration’s most present political leanings, then probably… your head is spinning. From marketing campaign guarantees of “lock her up” to “Mexico can pay for it”, Mr. Trump has been inconsistent in his messages throughout the board.
Sadly, this inconsistency extends to marijuana laws as effectively. As current as November of final yr, throughout campaigning, Donald Trump absolutely supported medical marijuana use whereas suggesting particular person states to resolve their very own destiny concerning leisure use. However my how the tides have turned.
Count on Extra Federal Authorities Enforcement
With regards to marijuana enforcement, CNN states, “Most drug enforcement operations are carried out by state and native authorities, with little involvement by the federal authorities. Implementing marijuana legal guidelines has been thought-about a decrease precedence for federal drug brokers, who’ve remained targeted on curbing narcotics trafficking and combating a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse”. It is a direct consequence stemming from Obama’s stance that cracking down on authorized marijuana use is low precedence as there are “larger fish to fry”.
Nonetheless, Trump’s administration is now displaying indicators of battle with this ideology. Final week, White Home press secretary, Sean Spicer, provided an anxiety-inducing remark concerning states with legalized marijuana. He acknowledged such states ought to anticipate “higher enforcement” below the Trump administration.
What Does Higher Enforcement Imply?
So what can we anticipate? Does higher enforcement imply an eventual and full shutdown of legalized marijuana – medical and leisure? Or does it imply elevated enterprise laws? Or does it imply stronger federal involvement concerning marijuana schooling?
Whereas it’s too early to inform – and impossibly tough to foretell Trump’s precise intentions – the message concerning legalized medical marijuana use has not modified. Trump nonetheless absolutely helps using medical marijuana to assist these affected by sickness and/or power ache. However in the case of legalized leisure marijuana use, that is the place the suggestion of “state run” not involves play.
Spicer made pointed feedback concerning leisure use, evaluating cannabis to opioid habit. Particularly, “If you see one thing just like the opioid habit disaster blossoming round so many states … the very last thing we must be doing is encouraging folks… There’s nonetheless a federal legislation we have to abide by when it comes to in the case of leisure marijuana and different medication of that nature.” – LA Occasions.
His suggestion is obvious, Mr. Trump intends to crackdown on leisure marijuana use and distribution. This might imply federal raids of dispensaries – a apply at the moment prohibited by the Obama administration. It might imply elevated federal agent exercise, in states with legalized leisure use, to assist stop the distribution of marijuana to minors. It might imply stronger efforts to cease the transportation of the drug throughout state traces. It actually might imply something as gentle as elevated federal efforts to teach the general public about cannabis, to one thing as wild as prohibiting any and all authorized leisure use and sale. We’re guessing the reality lies someplace within the center.
Solely time will inform what “higher enforcement” actually means. However within the meantime, companies and pot-users alike are unsurprisingly rising anxious in regards to the destiny of legalized marijuana.