By Scott Mollette
People by and large do not need to fret that a divided United States will witness Donald Trump negating current federal or state policy when it comes to marijuana. Though critical of many of Trump’s stances, marijuana is not high on Trump’s list of priorities. Furthermore, President Obama’s policy regarding the government and its attention towards criminal enterprises has seen federal and state agencies refrain from prosecuting casual users. In fact, deputy attorney general James M. Cole directed federal prosecutors to turn their attention to combatting criminal drug gangs and cartels, and implied in a memorandum to look askance from marijuana dealers regulated by the states.
Prohibition is dead. The 2016 elections proved that most Americans were weary of draconian marijuana laws. Voters in Florida, North Dakota, Montana and Arkansas approved medical marijuana initiatives. Additionally, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voters cast their favorable ballots making marijuana completely legal to consume and sell. Of all ballot initiatives in 2016, only Arizona voters defeated the proposed measures. Prohibition took its last breath.
Trump medical support. The Donald advised that he is 100% supportive of medical marijuana. Additionally, he has stated numerous times that he believes the marijuana issue should be decided by the states rather than the federal government. His exact words were, “”In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state.”
Pot Sessions. While Trump nominated Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be his US Attorney General, the latter still has to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and faces tough questions regarding civil rights. Even if he is approved, he is more inclined to reverse many of Obama’s policies and focus his attention on legal and illegal immigration. In short, owing to the fact that he answers to the president, as a result of voter preferences to legalize marijuana in seven more states, and because of other more pressing issues, all should pan out quite well for marijuana users.
Americans have spoken. Trump’s upset victory over rival Hillary Clinton created a stir throughout the nation. Nevertheless, fully aware of the divide, Trump stated, “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.” Attacking and/or repealing medical and recreational marijuana laws would not be in his best interest. In fact, 28 states as well as Washington D.C. now have some form of legal marijuana use on the books. The number is only likely to increase going forward.
Tax, profit, and cut costs. Donald Trump believes marijuana should be taxed and that states should be allowed to profit from sales. By legalizing pot, Trump believes states could save a considerable sum on exorbitant prison and court costs. Nevertheless, during the 2016 election campaign, he did not outright state that he supported the complete legalization of marijuana. Despite this, the growing swell of people who favor the legalization of marijuana has not gone unnoticed by Trump.
Therefore, the odds highly favor more progressive laws. Feel better now? Despite the rhetoric coming from both political parties, Donald Trump leans in favor of marijuana. He recognizes the medicinal benefits of pot and that’s isn’t likely to change given all the more pressing issues on his plate. If only politicians would spark one up, perhaps we could indeed make American great again by stopping the division.