Article by Entrepreneur
In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the Nov. 8 election, marijuana legalization advocates are left with a big unanswered question:
How will the Trump Administration change federal policies on cannabis? At this point, no one knows for certain. While some voice optimism about Trump’s past statements on legalized marijuana, others have concerns about the opinions of potential cabinet members and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
The difference between the two leaves plenty of room for uncertainty.
Trump’s campaign statements on marijuana.
During the campaign, Trump did not have a reputation as a candidate who issued many firm policy positions. Now that he will become the nation’s 45th president in January, people have to turn to his past statements for indications of his position on a variety of issues, including marijuana legalization.
A few past statements get the most attention.
During a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada, in October 2015. Trump said,““In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state,”
He said something similar when asked about whether he would allow the shutting down of Colorado’s recreational marijuana industry in an interview with Brandon Rittiman, a political reporter from 9News in Colorado. He again said he would prefer letting states decide on the issue.