President Trump still behind legal marijuana

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Trump believes the states should decide their own marijuana fate

A press briefing last Friday led by President Trump produced a little bit of good news for the marijuana industry. When asked about marijuana reform and if cannabis could be legalized while he’s in office, Trump appeared to indicate that forward progress is taking place. He also reiterated his belief that the states should ultimately be able to determine how they want to rule on the subject.

Steven Nelson, a reporter for the DC Examiner, brought up the subject of cannabis during the briefing, pointing out studies that have shown how legal marijuana can stop opioid overdoses. Trump seemed to be aware of the ongoing discussions and the need for better reform, replying, “We’re going to see what’s going on. It’s a very big subject and right now we are allowing states to make that decision. A lot of states are making that decision, but we’re allowing states to make that decision.”

Before taking office, Trump said he would support marijuana reform. He has mentioned several times while in office that he would approve virtually any legislation that furthered that endeavor. If legislators aren’t able to move quickly enough on the subject, perhaps Trump could consider the alternative suggested by Bernie Sanders.

Trump’s remarks were welcome commentary to the marijuana community. The political director for NORML, Justin Strekal, told Marijuana Moment, “The reiteration of a non-enforcement policy from the president is a clear sign that states should continue to defy the federal government when it comes to marijuana prohibition. Congress should swiftly move pending legislation when it returns from the August recess to remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and provide the legal relief needed to those individuals and businesses who are struggling under our nation’s cruel policy of criminalization.”