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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer:
“I believe you are going to see greater enforcement”
[One News Page]

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday said Donald Trump’s administration may start a crackdown on state-legal recreational marijuana industries.

“I believe you are going to see greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized the drug for recreational use, Spicer said, reports Emily Gray Brosious at the Sun Times.

It’s the latest sign Trump is ready to take a “tougher approach” than the Obama DOJ did in green states, reports Jordan Fabian at The Hill.

Spicer said Trump plans to uphold the Congressional appropriations measure preventing the feds from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. But he added “there’s a big difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.”

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who last year said “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” wouldn’t say whether he’d crack down on marijuana. “Using good judgment about how to handle these cases will be a responsibility of mine,” Sessions said. “I know it won’t be an easy decision, but I will try to do my duty in a fair and just way.”

Spicer claimed that the country has a big enough problem with the “opioid crisis,” and that “the last thing” we should be doing is “encouraging” recreational cannabis use. Science, however, tells us that opioid use goes down in states where marijuana is legal for medical use.

Marijuana could help solve the U.S. opioid epidemic, according to many researchers who have studied the issue, reports Greg Miller at Science.

“Trump seems insistent on throwing the marijuana market back into the hands of criminals, wiping out tax-paying jobs and eliminating billions of dollars in taxes,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “As for connecting marijuana to the legal opioid crisis, Spicer has it exactly backwards. Greater access to marijuana has actually led to declines in opioid use, overdoses and other problems.”

“The Department of Justice will be further looking into this,” Spicer said of the crackdown.

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Postscript to Deirdre O’Gorman of the Facebook page “420 People”: You’re a fucking moron.

 

 

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