In Trump Era, Oregon Pot Industry Leaders Surprisingly Chill About Possible Crack-Down

Article by Anna Marum, OregonLive

Deanna Perkins of Clackamas wears a pair of sunglasses to show her support at Portland's 17th annual Global Cannabis March, May 7, 2016 in downtown Portland. Pot insiders say they're hopeful, in part because the administration has signaled its support of states' rights and in part because state-authorized medical marijuana programs have legal protection

Top Trump administration officials have said they will crack down on marijuana sales in states where recreational pot is legal, but Oregon officials and pot industry insiders say there’s no reason to panic.

Congressional protections for medical marijuana, President Trump’s deference to states’ rights and the economic heft of the legal marijuana industry all bode well, they say. They expect well-regulated growth, sale and use of pot will continue in Oregon, despite the confirmation of a U.S. attorney general who says the drug is illegal and linked to violence.

Portland lawyer Leland Berger, who helps marijuana businesses comply with state law, says he’s received several worried phone calls from clients since White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s suggestion Feb. 23 that states will be subject to “greater enforcement” of federal laws against recreational marijuana use.

“Generally the way I respond to these phone calls, I tell them my crystal ball is as clear as bong water,” he said.

Berger says he’s not too worried about a possible crackdown from the federal government, in part because the administration has signaled its support of states’ rights and in part because state-authorized medical marijuana programs have legal protection. Trump administration officials have said they will not target medical marijuana use.

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