Ventura: Trump Wants To Override State Law on Marijuana? Not On My Watch

Article by Jesse Ventura, CNBC

Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota, author of "Jesse Ventura's Marijuana Manifesto"

When Donald Trump was announced the winner of the 2016 presidential election, I said I was going to wait and see what happens. People promise all kinds of things when they run for office. President Obama vowed to close Gitmo. President HW Bush said “read my lips, no more taxes.” So I gave President Trump a chance. But his plans to have the DEA come into states like Colorado where marijuana is legal and tell legal recreational marijuana users that they are breaking federal law and therefore must be prosecuted? Not on my watch.

It is completely wrong and unethical — not to mention unconstitutional—to reverse state law just because you feel like it. Shame on President Trump for even considering this.

Donald Trump ran his campaign as “a man of the people.” Someone who vowed to end the corporate takeover of our government; someone who vowed to bring jobs back. Reversing state law and making legalized recreational marijuana illegal is going against the people’s will. This is going against job creation and a reliable part of a state’s economy. The citizens of these states voted to make recreational marijuana legal. It wasn’t the politicians, it was We The People. The latest Gallup Poll shows 60 percent of Americans want legal marijuana! Obviously President Trump is following in the footsteps of every president that came before him: He thinks the government knows what is best for us. He’s been president for a little over a month, and he’s already forgotten that “We the People” are the government!

I’m sending President Trump a copy of my book “Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto” because he and Sean Spicer aren’t getting their information about marijuana from scientific studies. In what world does marijuana use lead to opioid addiction? I have a list of scientific studies that I cite in my book—most of which I pulled directly from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine—that show the exact opposite. Marijuana is used in rehab settings to successfully curb alcohol, cocaine, meth, heroin and opioid addiction.

 Let’s also use common sense here: If marijuana use did lead to opioid addiction, and that’s why we have a national heroin/opioid epidemic—because of legalized marijuana—then why is it that we have more people who use marijuana than we do people who are addicted to opioids? Wouldn’t every person who uses marijuana wind up a heroin/opioid addict? Wouldn’t every person who uses recreational marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington wind up in rehab for opioids and heroin? Mr. President, can you explain to me, why is it that heroin and opioid addiction is decreasing in states where marijuana is legal? But, hey, don’t take my word for it, Mr. President. The federal government has research studies with this information readily available online for free, so feel free to look them up on

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