White House Warns of Crackdown on Recreational Marijuana Use

Article by The Washington Times

Shane Cavanaugh owns Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Oregon. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that the Justice Department will be looking further into the use of recreational marijuana and enforce the laws on the books

In a departure from the Obama administration’s policies, the White House said Thursday that the Trump administration is likely to crack down on recreational marijuana use.

“I do think you’ll see greater enforcement,” said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “The Department of Justice, I think, will be further looking into [the issue]. I believe they are going to continue to enforce the laws on the books with respect to recreational marijuana.”

He drew a distinction between marijuana use for medical purposes and compared recreational marijuana loosely with the opioid epidemic.

“When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people,” Mr. Spicer said.

Advocates of recreational marijuana reacted quickly to his comments.

“If the administration is looking for ways to become less popular, cracking down on voter-approved marijuana laws would be a great way to do it,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority.

Under President Obama, the Justice Department instructed federal prosecutors in 2013 to take a hands-off approach to recreational and medical marijuana in states that had legalized it.

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