Why Trump Needs to Respect the State Marijuana Laws

Why Trump Needs to Respect the State Marijuana Laws

Saint Louis, MO, USA - March 11, 2016: Donald Trump salutes supporters at the Peabody Opera House in Downtown Saint Louis

It is no longer a secret that the majority of Americans are of the opinion that states should be the ones to make decisions on marijuana, not the federal government. In fact, according to a recent survey commissioned by the drug policy reform group, Marijuana Majority, (and reported by the Huffington Post) at least 76% of American adults are calling President Trump to respect state marijuana laws.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, with many states voting to decriminalize and even legalize recreational marijuana, yet the sale of marijuana is still illegal, federally speaking. During the Obama administration, the Justice Department issued a ‘guidance’ that asked federal prosecutors not to target state-legal marijuana.

Despite the policy’s current effectiveness, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made statements insinuating that such policies lead to ‘violence’ and in May, asked Congress to undo the federal protections for legalized states in order to prosecute medical marijuana providers. Congress, of course, did not grant the request.

So, what does this have to do with President Trump?

“It’s clear that Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration would face a huge backlash from across the political spectrum if they broke the president [Barack Obama’s] campaign pledge to respect state marijuana policies and started arresting consumers and providers who are following local law,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority.

With polls showing voter majority for support for legalization, and voters showing up in records numbers, the sentiment is not lost on Mr. Angell.

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