Article by Silence Dogood Gazette
26 States across the nation have laws for use of medical marijuana. 7 states and The District of Columbia have laws for legal recreational marijuana usage. Marijuana under any circumstances is illegal under federal law. The Federal government at any time could enforce these laws and arrest people and shut down businesses. Under the Obama administration it was dictated that the Federal government would not enforce its laws on Marijuana in states that had legalized it. Under Trump we may see a change.
On the campaign trail Trump indicated that he had no interest in challenging the states on their weed laws but he also has been unclear if that is true. The killer is, he appointed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Jeff Sessions has said he hates weed on several occasions. He famously said of the Ku Klux Klan that he was okay with them, “until I learned they smoked pot.” A man who thinks weed is worse than the KKK is not going to be a friend to Legalization
“It is false that marijuana use doesn’t lead people to more drug use. It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal.” Said Sessions
What power does Jeff Sessions really have to do anything? He could also use federal law enforcement power against operators and sue state regulators to block state systems. The only person who can stop the attorney general is the president, and it is unclear whether Trump will direct or delegate drug policy. Since Trump has changed his mind on many things, we just cannot speculate the direction he will take. The only thing that is clear is that uncertainty will have states wondering if the Feds will be knocking on their door anytime soon.