Marijuana advocates had plenty to cheer about with the latest spending bill, which includes a provision to protect states’ legalized marijuana laws. Trump, however, issued a “signing statement” that may threaten this edict.
Per The Hill:
In the statement, Trump said that some provisions of the bill could interfere with his constitutional authority, arguing that he isn’t legally bound to limits imposed by Congress such as one banning the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws.
Presidents typically release statements when signing legislation, which they can use to raise constitutional objections or explain the president’s position on an issue.
“Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories. I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility,” his statement reads.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long opposed marijuana use and its legalization. “Marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws,” he said in a recent interview. “So yes, we will enforce law in an appropriate way nationwide.”
Medical marijuana has numerous proven health benefits, such as a treatment for Glaucoma, epileptic seizures, Dravet’s Syndrome, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, Crohn’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease, among many others. Yet it is still classified by the DEA as a Schedule I drug, alongside heroin and LSD.
Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have their own medical marijuana laws, and 21 states have decriminalized it. Nationally, 60% of Americans support legalized marijuana, the highest percentage in U.S. history.
The Trump administration has shown, though, that they are less interested in representing the American people than they are in pushing their own draconian and extremist agenda. Trump supporters may have thought the “blue collar billionaire” would work for them, but they have been proven wrong almost every step of the way.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.