Trump Hints He May Support Eliminating Federal Pot Laws
President Trump may be the first President to support an end to federal cannabis prohibition.
After months and months of allowing his dinosaur Attorney General to threaten a crackdown on marijuana, President Donald Trump is saying that he might support a Congressional effort to end the federal ban on the plant. If Trump were to do so, he would be the first president to seriously support such a plan.
The bill in question is being pushed by both Republicans and Democrats, albeit a minority of them. The bill would allow states to move forward with legalization without the constant threat of federal prosecution.
Trump made his statements to a number of reporters on Friday morning just before he got on board a helicopter bound for the G-7 summit in Canada. His remarks, albeit unexpected, came only a day after the lawmakers proposed the bill.
Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican of Colorado who has fought with Trump over the Justice Department’s threats of crackdown on marijuana, is leading the campaign.
“I support Sen. Gardner,” Trump said. “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”
The bill is also being supported by Senator Elizabeth Warren, a very vocal critic of the President. Warren and Trump have sparred on a number of occasions.
Although nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized all adult use of marijuana and an additional twenty states having legalized pot for medical purposes, federal law has stood in the way.
Unsurprisingly, a gaggle of pro drug war fanatics are warning Trump against supporting the measure.
Donald Trump has a history of saying one thing on Monday, walking it back on Tuesday and doing the complete opposite on Wednesday. For that reason, we must be cautious in praising Trump’s statements prematurely.
We must also point out that, while any law relaxing the authoritarian police state war on drugs is a positive development, we do not need a law that sacrifices the second amendment for marijuana use, strict regulations on its growth or consumption, or other requirements. We must continue to press for complete decriminalization of marijuana.
That being said, there is no doubt that a signal from the Trump administration regarding any attempt to relax marijuana laws is a good thing.