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February 23, 2017 02:42 PM UTC

Trump Takes Aim at Recreational Marijuana

  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE: Once again Sen. Cory Gardner’s backside is flapping in the breeze:

Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, where marijuana production and distribution has become an established industry, spoke with Sessions before his confirmation about the business in his state and was assured there will be no sudden changes in policy.

“That was the take-away from my conversation with Jeff,” Gardner said. “It’s not a priority of the Trump administration.”

Time for an update, Senator.


As The Cannabist reports:

Recreational marijuana is in the sights of the Trump administration, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday.

Spicer, during his daily briefing, gave the first clear glimpse at the new administration’s views toward the burgeoning rise of legal marijuana.

“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,” Spicer said, when asked about the topic of legalization. “There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature.”…

A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday found 71 percent of Americans surveyed would oppose a federal crackdown on legal marijuana, and 93 percent are in favor of medical marijuana.


13 thoughts on “Trump Takes Aim at Recreational Marijuana

  1. And of course, the actual experience and study of the link between legal marijuana and opiate abuse is exactly COUNTER of what Spicer asserts.

    Wonder how Colorado is going to absorb the hit to tax revenue if the Feds attempt to go after the recreational marijuana industry.

  2. The seven states which allow recreational cannabis (including Colorado) are states Trump did not win in 2016. Therefore, he does not care at all about pissing those voters off.

    This is about continuing the war on drugs to put more bodies into those lucrative private prisons.

    1. Yep…They just announced that President Obamas' order to decrease our use of private prisons has just been rescinded by SCROTUS.

      They gotta have illegal pot to help them find and bust the evil ones….and to make sure cell block 2-A is full and operating at maximum profit.

  3. Geebuz.  Really, Spicey?  Anyone spouting Reefer Madness BS in 2017 is either comatose or a tool for BigPharma.  

    It's hard to imagine why anyone would want marijuana to produced and sold by the cartels (bad hombres) rather than regulated, tax-paying Americans. 

    Anywho…the Justice Department is currently prohibited from using funds to interfere in state medical marijuana and industrial hemp laws per the last budget bill. 

    We've spent something near $200mm 'eradicating hemp' since 1984 (thanks to Tricky Dick, hemp resides on Schedule 1 with marijuana).  They just as well be pulling dandelions from the ditch.  Serial madness. By any measure our trillion-dollar-War on Drugs People has been an utter disaster.  It is, though, great for Trump's bffs in the private prison industry. 

    To Duke's comment, this is probably to keep BigPharma happy.  For all of Drumpf's bluster about taking on the Pharma crowd, that flower wilted.  

  4. A caller on Ken Buck's tele-town hall asked where Buck stood on protecting Colorado's cannabis industry from Federal interference.

    Q At 7:54, Mark from Longmont asked: 

    I know you're a proponent of state;s rights. Colorado allows recreational marijuana, but we're getting feedback that Trump's administration may seek to interfere.  What is your position?

    A I was opposed to Amendment 64. But voters voted for it, put it in our Colorado Constitution.   I hope Feds respect what's in our constitution. If marijuana is grown, used, processed, sold in CO, Feds should stay away. The Federal government does have an interest in banning imports . We don't want to empower drug cartels and crime associated with that.

    1. Mamajama55 —

      thanks for the coverage of Ken Buck's stance. A few more sensible and consistent comments from him and he might be the poster boy for what I consider sane Republicans. Nice that a Representative is willing to represent people and the state they have created.

  5. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king . . . 

    . . . and here in the land and time of willfully-ignorant lunatics, Buckles the Clown now becomes a poster boy of sanity???  . . .

    Oh, my aching head . . . 

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