Everything Donald Trump Said About Marijuana In 2017

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Ron Strider

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Many people were anxious to see how Donald Trump would handle marijuana policy after taking office. While on the campaign trail, Trump said he believed in medical marijuana and believed legalization should be left to the states. But what has Trump done or said about marijuana since taking office?

The answer: not much.

In 2017, President Trump made only one statement regarding marijuana. Back in May, Trump and Congress came to an agreement on a bill to extend government spending through September. Part of that new bill included an extension on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment that prevents the federal government from using resources to crack down on the medical marijuana industry in states where its legal. When Trump signed the bill into law, he said the following in a statement:

"Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision
consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed."​
And...that's it. That's all President Trump has said regarding marijuana in 2017.

Of course, there are many times throughout this year when he's had the opportunity to speak out on the issue. Attorney General Jeff Sessions practically makes headlines every week by making a vague statement regarding cracking down on legal marijuana. He also didn't speak out when one his election advisors Roger Stone publicly asked Trump to overrule Sessions on marijuana issues. Back in January, Sean Spicer (who would later become the White House Press Secretary) was asked about how Sessions' views on cannabis would affect the policy of the administration, and he responded, "When you come into a Trump administration, it's the Trump agenda."

While Trump hasn't said anything else about marijuana, he has been vocal about one drug: opioids. Throughout the year he has emphasized his desire to end America's opioid crisis, and even established a commission to figure out solutions. In October, that committee said marijuana was not being considered as a substitute for opioids. Again, President Trump did not make any statement affirming or rejecting the commission's statement on the issue.

Back in April, a Republican congressman said that the Trump administration's marijuana policy was "hazy." Based on the president's statements (or, more appropriately, lack of statements), that seems to be entirely the case.



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