Should Marijuana be legalized, not just individual states but at the Federal level? Short answer – yes. Watch the video below, I’ll wait.
Stricter enforcement under Trump?
In his Febuary 17 press briefing Roby Brock with Talk Business & Politics asked the question: “I have a question on medical marijuana. Our state voters passed a medical marijuana amendment in November. Now we’re in conflict with federal law, as many other states are. The Obama administration kind of chose not to strictly enforce those federal marijuana laws. My question to you is: With Jeff Sessions over at the Department of Justice as AG, what’s going to be the Trump administration’s position on marijuana legalization where it’s in a state-federal conflict like this?”
Citing the opioid addiction crisis Spicer seemed to indicate the Trump administration would prosecute recreational marijuana use. Spicer said, “There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of the medical — when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature”. When pressed on the issue Spicer responded “Well, I think that’s a question for the Department of Justice. I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it”.
Republicans must not believe in States Rights.
My question is: why does the administration defer healthcare to the states but the legality of marijuana is a federal issue? So far the states have shown much better judgement. Marijuana is much less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Both perfectly legal in all fifty states.
I am not saying marijuana is harmless, there are side effects. But if you are an adult, not pregnant or planning to drive a car (or operate heavy machinery) the government should not keep you from enjoying a toke every now and then.