Tuesday, November 8, 2016 was a dark day for marijuana lovers in the United States, because fear set in that President Donald Trump will be inaugurated, the main man in charge, as of January, 2017. Since Election Day, everybody has been asking all sorts of questions regarding Trumps stand on various political issues, and the cannabis community was certainly among them. So, what’s Donald’s stand on marijuana? Right now, it’s difficult to tell whether or not our President supports weed legalization, and how his approach will be towards cannabis, but first let’s quickly recap on where we are at with weed legalization in the United States so far.
At a Federal level, marijuana is still considered a Schedule-1 drug. However, the federal government has articulated that if a state passes a law to decriminalize cannabis for recreational or medical use, they can do so, under the condition that a regulation system for cannabis is in place.
Let’s not forget that medicinal marijuana laws have been around for some time already, but we have definitely seen a dramatic shift in the movement, and now medicinal marijuana laws have been passed in over 28 states of America, and as of November 9, 2016, the use of both recreational and medicinal marijuana has been legalized in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
But how will Trump react to these changes, and what will his presidency mean for the legalization movement?
First, let’s take a closer look at what he has said about marijuana in the past, before making our predictions.
What Has Trump Said About Cannabis So Far?
On February 11, 2016 Bill O’Reilly asked Trump during an interview on Fox News, about his concerns regarding marijuana legalization, and Trumps response was “I would really want to think about that one, Bill. Because in some ways I think it's good and in other ways it's bad. I do want to see what the medical effects are. I have to see what the medical effects are and, by the way -- medical marijuana, medical? I'm in favor of it a hundred percent.”
But, Trump also called Colorado's legal marijuana industry a "real problem," in the same interview. His debate with O’Reilly, showcased his support for medical marijuana legalization, but it seemed very clear that he certainly had issues with the recreational use.
On October 29, 2015 Trump told the Washington Post, "In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state… Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should happen — right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”
However just a few months before that, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), he stated in an interview, “I’d say [regulating marijuana] it’s bad. Medical marijuana is another thing, but I think it’s bad and I feel strongly about that.” C-Span, June 23, 2015.
So...Where Does He Stand on Weed Products and Equipment?
As I mentioned earlier it’s still hard to say what Trump will do when it comes to cannabis. As you can see from past statements, he has flip-flopped on the issue throughout his public life. But what does that mean for the booming cannabis industry that is growing a completely new economy of marijuana products, and equipment like herb crushers, different strains of marijuana and all the new jobs that have been created to grow this billion-dollar industry, which we are seeing in states like Colorado.
What will it mean for them? According to his campaign’s website, our President, has not yet taken a definitive stance on the issue. However, Trumps Presidency has come at a turning point in the movement to legalize cannabis, and with the victories we are seeing with more and more states voting yes to cannabis, it’s a crucial time to get the support of the White House. From what we have seen so far, it definitely looks like we have his support for medicinal marijuana, however for us recreational lovers only time will tell.
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